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From our readers

Issue Date: August 5, 2020

Letter to Editor:

It is time to update property owners, taxpayers and the general public on the current status of the proposed Back Forty mine on the banks of the Menominee River.

Aquila Resources, an exploration company that has never operated a mine before, is apparently spending their time trying to gather additional financial backing after having already spent nearly $100 million of investor funds. They have contracted a $2.5 million investment from Osisko, Bermuda, with another $7.5 million to be delivered depending on achieved goals. Aquila has realigned its revenue streams in order to generate additional operating capital, which also deprives even local investors of promised profits.

Aquila has yet to re-submit a tailings dam application to the State of Michigan, after withdrawing the first one in December, 2019. If they submit a new application, a Public Hearing will be scheduled. The Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc. stands ready with an internationally recognized tailings dam expert to assess the construction plans, in preparation for the Public Hearing. With the failure of two dams near Midland, Michigan, and increased rainfall due to severe climate change, all eyes are on EGLE of Michigan to be diligent in their decisions allowing ANY kind of dam within the State. The Coalition is also awaiting Administrative Law Judge Pulter's decision on our Wetlands Permit contested case hearing from last fall. We will likely be back in court to either defend his decision if we have won, or take our case further to Circuit Court.

The status of the five required permits has not changed since Jan. 1, 2020. Aquila has only ONE permit free and clear, despite what they are telling their investors: the NPDES (water discharge) permit. There are three permits "issued" but not "effective" due to the number of pre-mining conditions attached and the fact that all three are currently involved in court cases: the Mining Permit 632 Amendment, Modified Air Quality Permit, and the Wetland Permit. The fifth is the Dam Safety Permit, for which no current application has been filed by Aquila.

The Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc. stands shoulder to shoulder with 52 organizations and eight counties in Wisconsin and Menominee County, Michigan, that have signed resolutions in opposition to the proposed Aquila sulfide mine on the banks of the Menominee River. We stand ready with our staff of environmental attorneys to protect clean water for you, your children and grand-children. Please help us defend the Menominee River from mining contamination and pollution.

Dale Burie, President

Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.

P. O. Box 475

Marinette, WI 54143

www.jointherivercoalition.org



Dear Editor:

In response to the EH headline of Aug. 4 "Enforcing new mask mandate proves impractical".

To all those who feel it is too much trouble: what about MY health, My husband's, My family's???? We are doing all we can to stay healthy: masking distancing, washing, not going into public groups, not visiting, (even family members as they need to work and thus mingle).

You are the reason this virus has gone on as long as it has AND is coming back again and again and again. Thank you so very much for your selfish, thoughtless, inconsiderate, and uneducated acts!

I am writing for all of us who DO care about others and life itself.

Carole J. Boerner

Marinette



Editor:

Thank you so much for everyone that made the benefit for us a success. Thanks to those that attended, those that gave monetary donations, those that donated prizes for the raffles and those that brought food. It is so appreciated. The biggest thank you goes to Debi and Jim DeMeuse for the hours upon hours they put in to make this work We are so blessed to have them.

Thanks go out to those that helped the day of the event (and helped beforehand and with cleanup). Thanks goes to Tara McKenney, Donna Kalafut, Lori Bushmaker, Jaclyn DeMeuse and our daughters, Andrea Field and Alycia Schenk.

It truly is so wonderful that the people in this area are so generous. We really can't thank everyone enough for their help for everything. Please keep Wade in your prayers, hoping that the doctors can figure out a solution sometime soon. Thanks so much for everyone's generosity.

Sincerely,

Wade and Kathy Schenk


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