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Rebecca Alegria, Aquria Sisk and Frank Alegria at water celebration on Stephenson Island, Wisc.

Enviros and Menominee tribe fight to keep Back Forty Mine at bay

BY: - July 20, 2021

For years, Indigenous and environmental groups have been standing up against Calgary-based Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, arguing a rupture could harm the area’s freshwater and ecosystem. And about 200 miles west across Lake Michigan, in the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, a similar story is unfolding. On Friday, […]

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Water Quality Task Force releases final report on policy recommendations

BY: - January 9, 2020

A final report released by the state’s Water Quality Task Force was described as an “unprecedented, bipartisan effort for clean water in Wisconsin,” by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. The report outlines a package of bills and provides a variety of recommendations for the state’s water policy. One recommendation is the creation of an Office of Water […]

Back Forty Mine project continues to raise concerns

BY: - December 18, 2019

A proposed open pit sulfide mine along the Wisconsin-Michigan border, owned by Canada-based Aquila Resources, has stirred controversy ever since the Menominee Tribe first highlighted the danger it would pose to their sacred lands over a year ago. Called the Back Forty mine, it would operate right in the heart of the Great Lakes basin. […]

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Potential mining disaster on the Menominee River?

BY: - September 18, 2019

Michigan and Wisconsin could face devastating environmental damage if an open-pit mine near Lake Michigan releases toxic waste into the two states’ waterways, Al Gedicks reports in Urban Milwaukee. The planned “Back Forty” metallic sulfide mine, owned by Aquila Resources, a Canadian exploration company, would cover 123 acres next to the Menominee River on the […]

Clean-up effort at Jackson County frac mine spill

BY: - September 2, 2019

A clean-up effort is underway after a frac sand mine pumped some 400,000 gallons of sediment into Jackson County’s Curran Creek. The creek, which also flows into the Trempealeau River, has been receiving treatment from the mine’s owner, Wisconsin Proppants, since a pump malfunctioned on August 3. “Wisconsin Proppants is in the midst of gently […]