Menominee River Back 40 Mining Project Update

As you will recall, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued the Wetlands Permit in June, 2018 for the Back 40 Mining Project.  This action completely ignored the recommendation of the MDEQ’s Water Resources Division not to issue the Wetlands Permit.  Reasons for doing this haven’t really been provided to those that asked for the rationale.

Fortunately, this permit and the three other permits issued to Aquila Resources have substantial qualifications and conditions that must be satisfied before any mining activity can take place.  These permits and their conditions are being monitored to make sure they are completely satisfied before any mining activity begins.

Dick Dragiewicz from the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition provided a published article written by Al Gedicks about this proposed project.  The article provides details on the Back 40 Mining Project and its current status.  Dick can be reached by email at or by phone at 847-924-9299 if you would like additional information.


Buzz McFly