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Issue Date: August 22, 2019

Dear Editor:

What a most generous community we have! They take to heart and act on Matthew 25:35-46 "Whatsoever you do to the least of brothers and sisters, you do for me!"



St. Joseph Conference - Marinette of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank the Marinette, Peshtigo, Porterfield and Walsh residents and local businesses for their financial donations, backpacks, hygiene and paper products and school supplies. Your generous donations have enabled St. Joseph Conference to distribute over 300 backpacks to children from 143 families in the Marinette and Peshtigo School Districts.



Words cannot express our gratitude. The faces on the parents and children made our day as they received their school supplies and gift card for their new school clothes, shoes and extra school supplies.



Gratitude for Back 2 School grants from: Tri City Area United Way, Shopko Foundation's Community, Marinette & Menominee Community Area Community Foundation - Youth Advisory Council, M & M Chamber Leadership 2018-19 Class, especially Matthew Albers and Thrivent Financial.



Gratitude for St. Joseph SSVdP Conference citywide collection sites: Bay Shore Credit Union, Hometown Family Restaurant, Jack's Fresh Market (Cleveland & Roosevelt), Magnin, Oberdorfer, VanLaanen Family Practice Dentistry, ValuCare, Walgreen's, Johnson Controls and Marinette Marine, Holy Family Parish - Marinette, St Mary Parish-Peshtigo, and SS Joseph and Edward Parish - Walsh.



We are still assisting families and will until school begins. They can call 715-735-9100 ext 106 and leave a message. Any further financial or supply donations are greatly appreciated. Please bring to Holy Family Parish Center, 2715 Taylor Street, Marinette WI  54143-0563.

Pete Mayhew, President

Jeanne M. Harper, Secretary





Letter to the Editor:

The Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc. filed suit in Michigan State Court contesting the signing of the "Wetlands Permit" which contains 28 pages of single-spaced "conditions" to be met by Aquila before the permit is valid. The court case is NOT over, so no decision has been made by Judge Pulter. Yet, Aquila has chosen to lie in their advertising on TV-6, Marquette, TV-5 Green Bay, and TV-11, Green Bay, telling the public they have all the permits and will be mining in 2020. This information is NOT true.



Mark Twain Quote: "A mine is a hole in the ground with a liar standing on top."



Now Aquila is offering community contracts to "BUY" their way into local units of government in Michigan. These contracts, if signed, are irreversible; and promising to provide equipment and services to these governing bodies is no less than extortion, in my mind.



I have spent 3 and a half weeks in Lansing, Mich. during this "contested case" Hearing and yes, there are inconsistencies in the testimonies of the "expert" witnesses. And we are NOT done. We will return to Lansing for 3 more days of testimony this fall. After testimonies are completed, all attorneys will submit their summaries to the judge in writing. The judge will then make his decision. No matter who wins this case, I am sure "appeals" will follow. And circuit court. Then supreme court. As the law provides.



The Coalition has also filed a Federal case against EPA and Army Corp of Engineers, which will be forthcoming in the near future.



In addition, the public has experienced misleading media that has many people confused. (i.e. not this publication). We were all brought up to "trust" our media; evidently this is not true any longer. Please check out everything you read and confirm its truth before you believe it.



According to an opinion poll taken last August in Michigan, 91.7 % of the residents are opposed to this mine. It's time to stand up for what you believe to be in the best interest of your community, your future generations, and your water. Protect yourself.

There has NEVER been a metallic sulfide mine that has not polluted or contaminated the environment. There is too much at stake in this decision. The risk is too high !



Get more information at: jointherivercoalition.org

Email me at: jointherivercoalition@gmail.com

Dale Burie, President

Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.

615-512-3506





To the Editor:

Mining Consultant's Track Record Exposed

Past work done by Foth Engineering, the main consultant being used by Aquila Resources for the Back Forty project on the Menominee River, has come under fire in a new report authored by hydrogeologist Robert E. Moran (remwater.org). Dr. Moran, who reviewed Foth's work on the Flambeau Mine near Ladysmith, Wisconsin, identified numerous questionable practices that have come back to haunt the community.



Aquila and Foth, on the other hand, have publicly promoted the Flambeau Mine as an example of how metallic mining can be done in an environmentally-friendly manner.



After reviewing thousands of pages of historical and modern Flambeau Mine documents, Dr. Moran concluded: "Flambeau ground and surface water quality is being and has been degraded"despite years of industry public relations statements touting the success of the Flambeau Mining Company (FMC) operation."



He added: "For decades, some of the most relevant data and the most significant water-related impacts have been withheld from public view."



He noted:

All routine Flambeau groundwater monitoring data are from FILTERED samples, from which some, if not most of the chemical components have been removed, thereby lowering the original concentrations.



The number and location of monitoring wells along the mine's so-called "compliance boundary" (where drinking water standards are enforced by the state) are inadequate. There is only ONE nested well along the entire 3.5-mile boundary encircling the mine, and it appears to be positioned outside the main ground water flow path identified by FMC.



FMC's Flambeau River surface water monitoring is "totally inadequate". No sampling has been done in the river immediately adjacent to the backfilled pit, even though Foth's own modeling showed that groundwater flowing through the waste rock in the pit would "flow directly into the bed of the Flambeau River."



Dr. Moran also commented on the inaccuracy of some of Foth's predictions regarding the extent of groundwater pollution expected at the Flambeau site and stated:



"The narrative "predictions' made by FMC's main Wisconsin consultant in the various permit-related and Annual Reports appear to be largely naïve geochemically and hydrogeologically " most useful for obtaining permits, less so for generating quantitatively-reliable predictions."



Dr. Moran concluded his report by stating: "In short, the Flambeau Mine is the poster child for a severely-flawed permitting and oversight process that has likely generated long-term public liabilities."



To read the full 116-page report, go to: https://deertailscientific.wordpress.com/independent-research/     

Laura Gauger, Chair

Deer Tail Scientific

Duluth, MN 


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