THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Public Hearing Jan. 23 On Back 40 Mine Permit
Issue Date: January 3, 2018
The permit process for the controversial Aquila Resources Back Forty Mine near the Menominee River Menominee County, Michigan is once again moving forward. On Friday, Dec. 8, Aquila announced that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has deemed their application for a floodplain/wetland permit for project administratively complete and the regulatory process is moving along to the next stage.
The hearing was requested by Aquila Resources, the Canadian-based firm that is proposing the mine.
In a news release issued Tuesday, Jan. 2, Aquila Resources announced that Dan Blondeau will be taking on the role of Manager of Communications, working with Chantae Lessard, Director of Social Performance and Engagement from the office in Stephenson, Mich. "...to ensure communication both internal and external, is accurate, timely and transparent."
Blondeau was born and raised in Marquette, Mich, and majored in marketing and communications as a student at Northern Michigan University. He spent five years with the Eagle Mine as part of the team that moved it through exploration, permitting, construction and operation. The Aquila news release describes Blondeau as holding "a wealth of industry knowledge from manufacturing, media, non-profits, and renewable energy,"