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The following “Letter to the Editor” contains all the information to CALL, WRITE and ATTEND the Public Hearing in Stephenson on Sept. 1, 2021, to express your opposition to granting Great Lakes Exploration, Inc. exclusive Mineral Rights in Holmes and Faithorn Townships in Michigan.  If you attend the Hearing, please wear your blue Coalition t-shirt, to show unity.

If there is not enough room in the venue, please gather outside so that the DNR will be aware of our presence.

Fill the form below to send a letter to Mr. Ken Babcock, registering your opposition to granting these Mineral Leases to Great Lakes Exploration, Inc.

Thank you,

Dale Burie

Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.


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Mr. Ken Babcock,

Please consider this email as my strong opposition to granting Great Lakes Exploration, Inc. exclusive Mineral Rights to "1,609 acres, more or less," in Holmes and Faithorn Townships in Menominee County, Michigan.

I am totally opposed to the drilling of test holes on State land, endangering or contaminating water aquifers that are already clean and pure.

Keep our State land Pure Michigan!!


Date August 13, 2021 

                                     LETTER TO THE EDITOR 

      FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION TO ALL NEWS SOURCES:

TO ALL MICHIGAN LANDOWNERS AND PROPERTY OWNERS IN     

             HOLMES AND FAITHHORN TOWNSHIPS

A Public Hearing has been announced by the Mineral Leasing Division of the State of Michigan for Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at Menominee County MSU Extension Offices, S904 US-41, Stephenson, Michigan from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Great Lakes Exploration, Inc., owned by Tom Quigley, has submitted an application for exclusive rights to explore “1,609 acres, more or less” (quoted from the Public Notice) for the presence of metallic minerals.  

If this application is approved, all landowners will again be

subjected to massive drilling of test holes on State land to determine the viability of sulfide mining.

Let us learn from history: Tom Quigley performed the test drilling on the Aquila properties, which to this day have not been properly abandoned and sealed, creating potential contamination sites for underlying water aquifers.

When Mr. Quigley brought in Aquila Resources, they proceeded to sell their stock to area residents, promising huge profits, financial gains for businesses and schools, and temporary jobs.  They continued to pull millions of dollars out of this region from residents’ pockets, savings, and retirement accounts.  Last Friday, Aquila’s stock price was $.05 cents a share.

If Great Lakes Exploration, Inc. is granted this Mineral Lease from the State of Michigan, it will be a precursor of more of the same rhetoric, and history will repeat itself.

PLEASE LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD:

Public Hearing: Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, MSU Offices, S904 US-41, 

                             Stephenson, Michigan.  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Write to:  DNR, Mineral Management Section, PO Box 30452, 

                  Lansing, Michigan 48909

Email to:  DNR-Minerals@michigan.gov

Phone:      Michigan DNR Mineral Leasing Division 517-284-5850

We stand opposed to granting this Mineral Lease to Great Lakes Exploration.

Dale Burie

Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.