Indian Country 52 #10 – No Back 40 Mine
“Seeking to halt the Back Forty Mine, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has formally filed a petition for a contested case hearing on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) approval of the Back Forty Mine Permit issued on December 28, 2016. The Menominee Indian Tribe’s petition was filed Friday February 24, 2017 with the Michigan Administrative Hearing Office.
The petition for a contested case hearing is the first step in challenging the MDEQ’s decision to approve the mining permit for the proposed Back Forty Mine.”
– Native News Online, MENOMINEE FILES PETITION TO STOP BACK FORTY MINE; CITES SACRED SITES.
“The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin last week filed a petition for a contested case hearing on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s approval of a mine permit for the proposed Back Forty Mine.
The Menominee petition was filed Friday with the Michigan Administrative Hearing Office. The petition is the first step in challenging the MDEQ’s decision to approve the mining permit, which was issued Dec. 28.
“The MDEQ and Aquila Resources Inc. are well aware of the Menominee Indian Tribe’s close cultural connection to this area and our serious concern in regards to our cultural resources and mounds, including our ancestral burial sites located within the impact area of the proposed mine,” Menominee Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw said in a statement released by the tribe. “Despite these valid and well-documented concerns a full evaluation of the cultural resources and mounds threatened by this project never occurred.”
Aquila Resources Inc. has proposed investing $261 million to build open-pit and underground mines for the gold- and zinc-rich deposit near the Menominee River. The mine is expected to have a 16-year life and create more than 250 jobs.
Aquila also has said the mine will generate more than $11 million annually in revenue for state and local governments.
Construction on the mine won’t begin until all permits have been issued for the project. The mining permit is one of four required; two additional permits are under consideration before the MDEQ.”
– The Shawano Leader, Tribe files legal challenge to Back Forty Mine permit.
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