Hikers walk from Egg Harbor to Michigan to raise awareness of proposed mine’s potential impact

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Four Door County men made the trek from Egg Harbor to Menominee, Michigan, a 13.5 mile walk via the frozen Bay of Green Bay.

They made the trip to make a point about Aquila Resources’ proposed Back Forty Mine project, which has faced pushback in Menominee because of its proximity to the Menominee River.

The four men who made the walk Saturday hope to raise awareness about the potential implications of the mine.

Dale Burie, who is president of the Coalition to Save the Menominee River, told Local Five that the river feeds into the bay, and the bay feeds into Lake Michigan, so polluting the river could ultimately lead to those other bodies of water becoming polluted.

Ryan Heise, the Village Administrator for the Village of Egg Harbor, says that residents of Door County do not realize the threat the mine poses to the area.

“We made an example today of how close it was by just walking across,” Heise said.

The group set off a little before 7 a.m. Saturday, and made it safely to the other side about eight hours later, using a compass and GPS to stay on course despite white out conditions.

Aquila Resources, the company trying to build the mine, says that it will boost the economy and that safeguards will be put in place to protect water.

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