By Tim Kowols
Wisconsin State Senator Dave Hansen is calling on President Donald Trump and the United States Congress to do something about Michigan’s decision to approve the final permit for a Menominee mine. Aquila Resources has been trying to get the necessary permits to operate an open pit metallic sulfide mine since it completed a Preliminary Economic Assessment in 2014. The Canadian Company says opening the mine will create a significant number of new full-time jobs and generate new tax revenue. Senator Hansen says the mine’s location, located 150 feet from the Menominee Rivers and just miles away from the bay of Green Bay and Door County’s western coastline, is trouble for those who enjoy the area’s fresh water. He believes Wisconsin is assuming the risk without receiving any of the rewards.
County boards in Door, Brown, Marinette, and Oconto have joined other groups in the region in their opposition to the Back 40 Mine. According to Aquila Resources’ website, it hopes to complete a feasibility study in the middle of this year.