Brown, Marinette, and Door County leaders are all taking stands against the Back 40 Mine project that could pollute Wisconsin’s waterways and threaten water quality. 

The Brown County Board of Supervisors and the Marinette County Board of Supervisors have both passed resolutions condemning the mine and the environmental devastation it would cause.

Door County is following suit, and committees will look at the resolutions already passed to help create their own against the Back 40 Mine. 

“It’s one of our main strategic initiatives, is maintaining water quality both ground and surface water, so from our standpoint it is a very serious issue for us to look at,” Ken Pabich, Door County administrator, said. 

The resolutions are more of a symbolic statement, since the mine site is in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

Aquila, the Canadian company that owns the mine, has already had three permits approved. They need one more before they can start drilling.

The Back 40 Mine project will extract zinc and gold from a sulfide deposit in the UP, just across the Menominee River from Marinette County. 

The 800 foot-deep mine will be drilled within 150 feet of the Menominee River. 

Aquila will be building a cut-off wall about 100 feet from the river to try to prevent runoff.

The effectiveness of that wall is being questioned.