Door County Environmental Council


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Back 40 Mine in Stephenson, Michigan.

The 20-some kayaks will launch at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday May 24th, 2018 at Sawyer Park on the west side of Sturgeon Bay.

The Back 40 Mine is a proposal by Aquila Resources to extract minerals from a site in Stephenson, Michigan on the banks of the Menominee River which flows into the bay of Green Bay and is 12 miles from Egg Harbor and Door County.

The open pit mine would be located 150 feet from the banks of the Menominee River. It would be 800 feet deep, covering 83 acres. There would be on-site processing for 16 years on 500 acres of sensitive wetlands. 65 million tons of acid-producing sulfide ore would be dislodged from the mine, and 1.24 billion pounds of cyanide would be used in the ore processing. In addition, one million gallons of “degraded” water would empty into the Menominee River every day, flowing into the bay of Green Bay. Acid mine discharge lasts hundreds to thousands of years! This WILL affect us!

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