Recent Posts

Significant Changes to Aquila Back Forty Mine

Significant Changes have been made to the Aquila Back Forty Mine. Since the mining permit was issued (December 28, 2016), the Back Forty mine site has been expanded and redesigned. The changes impact critical components such as project boundary, affected area, location of haul roads, relocation of mine waste (tailings) storage areas (TWRMFs), sumps, contact water basins, ore stockpiles, and beneficiation (milling) buildings. The edge of one tailing basin is now approximately 1,000 feet from the Menominee River. 

None of these facility changes have been reviewed or permitted — yet these site designs are included in the Aquila Back Forty Wetland permit application. Again – these are Significant Changes. We are calling on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to immediately subject the Back Forty Mine permit to an AMENDMENT REQUEST. 

This is urgent. The Aquila Back Forty Wetland Permit application is currently undergoing a review for administrative completeness, and will soon be “Public Noticed”. The design of the Aquila Back Forty Mine is clearly integral to a comprehensive review of the pending Wetland permit application. 

We have asked that the DEQ act swiftly, requiring an amendment of the Back 40 mining permit (#MP012016) — before any further consideration is given to the pending Wetland permit, since it is clearly based upon an unpermitted facility design.
We urge all concerned citizens and stakeholder groups to submit their own request, as soon as possible. For full details, see our letter, below.

  1. Ask Michigan’s Attorney General for Independent Review of Eagle Mine! Leave a reply
  2. Setting the Record Straight on Highland’s Drilling in the Porkies Comments Off on Setting the Record Straight on Highland’s Drilling in the Porkies
  3. Should Michigan lease 15,000+ acres of minerals to Eagle Mine? Comments Off on Should Michigan lease 15,000+ acres of minerals to Eagle Mine?
  4. Eagle East Public Comments 1 Reply
  5. ACTION ALERT – DIVEST FROM AQUILA’S BACK FORTY PROJECT! Comments Off on ACTION ALERT – DIVEST FROM AQUILA’S BACK FORTY PROJECT!
  6. Open Letter to Orion Mine Finance Group by Al Gedicks 6 Replies
  7. Public Comment Period Extended for Eagle East Comments Off on Public Comment Period Extended for Eagle East
  8. Eagle Mine Buries Underground Collapse 4 Replies
  9. Copper Drilling Makes Mess of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness 2 Replies