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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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From Our Readers

Issue Date: January 2, 2020

Dear Editor:

Prophecy 2020

What economic damage has already been done by Canadian Aquila Resources?

With approximately 44 miles of Menominee River frontage from Stephenson to Marinette, what used to be premium priced real estate has suffered declining value due to the threat of the proposed Back Forty mine.

A Chicago woman called me to inquire about the status of the mine because her father gave her $130,000 to build a cabin on their river lot just south of the proposed mine site. After our conversation, she decided to keep her money and not invest it in a cabin. So, how many people lost income from the threat of the mine? Contractors, builders, electricians, plumbers, building supply companies, plus the township and county"from a lost tax base.

Just the threat of the Back Forty proposed mine for the past 18 years has cost our local economy a fortune, by impeding progress.

We tell ourselves we are a civilized nation with man-made laws to establish peace and tranquility. In many years as Safety Coordinator in a 1,500- team-member facility, I discovered and studied traits of human behavior. When policies, procedures and laws fail, man will sometimes step across the line into "Righteous Anger," much like Jesus did when he threw the money changers out of the Temple. There is no law that will curtail this type of action, which is similar to "animal instinct"" when man feels his water, home, or even his children are threatened. I have witnessed results up to and including murder.

We are faced with PFAS contamination in Marinette and Peshtigo. Tyco was aware of it since 2013, but decided not to report their findings"..WHY NOT?? Is this gross negligence, or worse"manslaughter? Who's going to prison? Where are the laws?

This is a classic example of corporate protection for the violators. Was it your mother, son, or grandson who was just diagnosed with cancer? Where's the justice? Or is there justice anymore?

This PFAS issue is Re-Active. The damage is done; now, how can we mitigate the problem? This particular chemical chain is a "forever" chemical, and we may never see a total cleanup of this region. BUT"we still have a chance to be Pro-Active and maintain the water quality that is threatened by the Back Forty.

It is a proven fact that you can't change the law of Physics. Acid mine drainage coupled with cyanide will definitely contaminate the Menominee River. There has never been a sulfide mine that has NOT polluted the water and environment. NEVER !

It's better to want something you've never had, than to have something you've never wanted!!! STOP THE BACK FORTY MINE.

Dale Burie, President

Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.





Editor:

We are continually hearing and reading about pollution/contamination problems such as PFAS, Flint/Lead, Mega Farms. Mining Aftermaths, Mill sludge, Meno. River Pollution, "Garbage" buried in Bay, etc.

These are all "after the fact" pollution/contamination problems. What we folks here in our community should concentrate on is understanding the great possibility of our environment being damaged by a group that thinks a mine in our area would be an asset to us even though they neither live here...nor have a real stake in our community. The proposed mine will surely at some point in time cause major damage costing us millions of dollars to TRY to clean up. Isn't taking a stand BEFORE rather than after the SMART way to deal with a problem...think about it!

Carole J. Boerner

Coalition to Save the Menominee River





Editor:

Mine Puts Profit Above Community

We all know there has never been a metallic sulfide mine that hasn't poisoned the environment and there is no reason to think it will be any different with the proposed Back 40 mine, less than 50 yards from the Menominee River. Their permit applications already show they intend to pollute.

Use of an upstream tailings dam could be fatal. It is the cheapest method and also has the highest failure rate.  Such a failure would be fatal. It would cause death, destruction, misfortune and would ruin or fail businesses, tourism and take away our clean air and water. The tailings dam would be 145 acres and 10 stories high.  Failure of the dam would hurl millions of gallons of mine waste down the river into the Bay of Green Bay and beyond. This type of dam is prohibited in other countries so why would it be allowed here. Aquila says they need the CHEAP upstream method to enhance their profit.

This same upstream method was used in Brazil, modern mining techniques used, and on January 25, 2019 there was a catastrophic failure of the Brumadinho Dam where 154 people were buried alive. 

The proposed mine has NO Financial Assurance for such a catastrophic event. Where are the billions of dollars to come from to help after such an environmental disaster?  NOT AQUILA. No, not Aquila, as they have not even one cent set aside for such an event. The burden is up to us.  Why no financial assurance from Aquila? They are protecting their bottom line, not our lives, water, communities. When a disaster strikes Aquila can go back to Canada leaving us behind.

Aquila could process and construct their tailings dam further inland as there is rail service nearby but once again it would cut into their profit so our water and lives are traded for a foreign company and their corporate greed.

Our lives, homes, property values, businesses, tourism, water, air and all the living creatures should be number one, NOT Aquila's concern for their bottom line.

We can see what is happening in Peshtigo with the PFAS in their water supply. We have a chance to save our water supply from the Menominee River. Once the river is polluted with sulfuric acid (battery acid) we have no water source. You CANNOT FILTER SULFURIC ACID FROM THE WATER. The river is our only source of water so please, let's all work together to STOP THE MINE before it is too late " OUR LIVES MATTER!

Please go on-line to jointherivercoalition.org a non-profit working to protect our water, air, soils, aquatic life, wildlife and people. And please donate today.

A Piontek

Wallace, MI


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