(WLUK) -- Aquila Resources is appealing a decision denying it a permit for a proposed mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Aquila Resources wants to operate a gold, zinc and copper mine, dubbed the Back Forty mine, in Lake Township.
Last month, an administrative judge overturned the previously granted wetlands permit. But the company says it will appeal.
Barry Hildred, President & CEO of Aquila, commented, “While we were disappointed by the Judge’s decision, we have a high level of confidence that there is a clear path to successfully permitting the Back Forty Project, regardless of the outcome of our appeal. Our relationship with EGLE is strong and we have made good progress addressing the conditions in the original Wetlands Permit. Given the current uncertain economic climate, we believe that projects like Back Forty are even more critical to providing the jobs and community support that Michigan needs, while at the same time protecting the environment.”
While the appeal is in process, the Company requested, and has been granted, a stay of proceedings of the contested case related to the amended Mining Permit, the company said.