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Consolidated Public Hearing on three pending Aquila permits

THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE FOR THE PUBLIC TO EXPRESS OUR CONCERNS ABOUT THE BACK FORTY PROJECT WITHIN THE PERMIT REVIEW PROCESS.

We need EVERYONE opposing the proposed mine in attendance and wearing BLUE SHIRTS!

At 3:00, the Menominee River Water Protectors will hold a rally outside the Stephenson High School.

At 4:00, there will be a press conference in the Stephenson High School library. Speakers include representatives from the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC), and the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council.

For information (addresses and deadlines) on submitting written comments, contact Melanie Humphrey, 906-250-7564, humphreym@michigan.gov or Mark Snow, 517-230-8233, snowm@michigan.gov.

Peshtigo Historical Day Parade

We would love a whole bunch of participants! Dress for the weather and wear your blue Coalition/Save the River t-shirt (and good walking shoes). For more information, attend the monthly Coalition meeting.

Stephenson Parade

We need all the people we can get! Dress for the weather and wear your blue Coalition/Save the River t-shirt (and good walking shoes). For more information, attend the montly Coalition meetings (first Thursday of the month at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Marinette).

Attend public hearing!

The Public Comment event for the last 3 of 4 (needed to re-do 3 because of their proposed expansion—about doubling the amount of excavating, making lethal and reactive waste on-site forevermore) permits is our last chance to show and voice our opposition specifically to these permits.

We URGE EVERYONE to attend the public hearing in Stephenson, Michigan, high school gym on Tuesday evening, June 25.

With the expected crowds, consider being there before 5p; the hearing starts at 5:30p. All you have to do is show up in the gym!

PLEASE wear your blue Save the Menominee River tee. Those can be obtained each Saturday 9a-12p at the First Street Menominee Farmer’s Market at our table. If you don’t have one and can’t get one, please wear a similar blue shirt/blouse. For the last public comment session, we had about 400 of our blue shirts showing how the locals felt about mining here 50 yards from the Menominee River.  his month we hope to show 1000 of us!  If you do want to attend, PLEASE try to bring a lot of others along.

YOU do NOT have to speak!

Feel Free to share this with your trusted contacts, even offering to pick up their shirts for them, and driving up together—nearby parking may be a little challenging.

For some added excitement, and to make the biggest showing for the press conference (a closed session, at 4p), consider arriving by 3p.  At 3 there’s a Cultural Event of a Youth Water ‘demonstration’… apparently mostly a Native American Group honoring and singing the song of a renowned Native Water Protector woman that walked around the Great Lakes.  That should be interesting.

FYI- a recent press release by Aquila Resources claiming they had all the necessary permits and planned to begin mining by 2020 was blatantly false! They do NOT have the final 3 of 4 permits, and any originally issued were only “issued conditionally.” There were over 70 typed pages of conditions that must be met before the permits are valid. Additionally, they have not even applied for the required local special land use permit!

Meat Raffle

Loopy’s in Loomis is hosting a fundraiser for the Menominee River!

In addition to a meat raffle, there will be a 50/50 raffle, plants, gift certificates, and other prizes!

Join the fun from 1-5 on June 1st!

100% of monies raised will be donated to the Coalition to Save the Menominee River, a 100% volunteer-run 501c3 organization. The Coalition is currently working towards a June 2019 goal of 50K for attorney fees to continue the lawsuit currently in play to Save the Menominee River!

Monthly meeting info for June 2019

5:00 Directors’ Meeting (Marlene Nelson will open building)

6:30 Volunteers’ Meeting (chaired by Natalie Lashmet; secretarial duties by Jody Korch)

There will be a PA system so everyone can hear.

Dale and Lea Jane Burie will call from Lansing to update everyone on the Contested Case Hearing.