By Marissa Hatlen
The Door County Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution in opposition to the Back 40 Mine, a sulfide mine planned to be about 50 yards from the Menominee River. The Board held a public comments session before voting to approve the resolution and heard the concerns of local citizens and visitors from around the state. Some three dozen community members attended the meeting and about half spoke, all in support of a resolution against the mine. Sturgeon Bay resident Alan Walker said that in light of the recent sewage spill in Fish Creek, officials needed to consider the potential ramifications of engineering failures.
Other community members emphasized the need to protect clean water sources for future generations, the potential cost of cleanup falling on Wisconsin taxpayers, and the need for Michigan authorities to consider the impact of the mine on both sides of the boundary water. The motion to adopt the resolution passed with just two “no” votes, joining several Wisconsin counties in resolving to oppose.