Plans for a controversial open pit mine on the  Menominee river will be on display Saturday, October 15th. Aquila Resources has invited the public to a tour and open house of the Back Forty Project in Stephenson, Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality last month approved the Canadian company’s permit for an open pit mine- located just 150 feet from the river. The mine would be 700 feet deep and 83 acres wide. People living in Marinette County, Wisconsin, would be right across the river from the proposed mine.

Those opposed to the mine in both states are planning a peaceful protest. They fear sulfide mining so close to the river will lead to air pollution and to toxic chemicals released in the river and groundwater. The Menominee Tribe also oppose the mine, because it would encroach on sacred tribal lands.

Proponents of the mine say it would create jobs and boost the economy.

If the epa ultimately decides to deny the wetlands permit, the project cannot move forward.

If you’re interested in submitting a written comment to the DEQ, you can do so until close of business on November 3rd.

Mail comments to DEQ Back Forty Comments, Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals. 1504 West Washington St., Marquette, Mi 49855.

Email comments regarding the Back Forty mine project to the designated MDEQ mailbox at