THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From Our Readers
Letter to Editor:
Water is Life - Protect It?
Once again, we the majority, are being asked to "step aside' and let a minority change the way we live. The State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Resources Division (DEB) published a draft of a permit proposal to be issued to Aquila Resources, Inc. on their Menominee River/Shaky Lakes mining project (Back Forty Project) allowing them to discharge 1.52 million gallons a day of "contaminated acid mine drainage water' into the Menominee River. This is 100% sure to alter the ecology of the Menominee River from its entry point where they intend to excavate down to 1280 feet below the surface, 75 feet from the east river bank of the Menominee River a distance of 40 miles to the mouth of the river where it enters the waters of Green Bay. (Drinking water for the cities of Menominee and Marinette is taken from this location).
The Michigan Resources Division (DEB) proposes "lowering the water quality is necessary to support the identified important social and economic development in the area." In other words, people from Menominee and Marinette counties are being asked to partner with the State of Michigan DEQ, DEB, DNR and other State of Michigan departments to approve in advance another "Flint Michigan" disaster. The "important social and economic development benefits referred to by the DEB refer to the continuous unending reference to "JOBS, JOBS, JOBS" by the "Public Relations' people of Aquila Resources, Inc, which by their various references were from 125 to 175 workers but will include only a few to be hired locally and the rest will be experienced transient mine workers brought into the area from other mine locations. The impact "socially' on schools, social services and law enforcement and its greatly increased costs will be passed on to City and County Taxpayers and "not' to Aquila Resources.
This means a minority of 125 to 175 are asking a majority of "tens of thousands' to drink "dirty contaminated water'. (Dirty-contaminated water cannot be made into clean water by filtration or by any other means.) In the event of floods, storms, tornados, earthquakes and other unpredictable unforeseen accidents or problems, this could increase to hundreds of thousands to many "down State' communities using Lake Michigan for the source of their drinking water. Past experience in sending "public comments' to the Michigan DEQ did not produce any answers, change greed related opinions, add to common-sense decisions, or serve any other useful purpose, so my suggestion would be to contact your State of Wisconsin elected officials and tell them you do not want anyone to pollute your river or contaminate your water.