Editor’s Note: Absolute Michigan has actively opposed the dangerous practice known as sulfide mining or acid mining since it was first proposed as we feel that Michigan’s water is a resource to vital to the lives and livelihoods of Michigan’s residents to jeopardize with this risky technology.
Stand for the Land is asking folks to show up (wearing blue) at the State Capitol this Thursday (June 3) at 11:30 AM for a peaceful rally as they deliver a petition to the Natural Resources Commission regarding Michigan’s first permitted sulfide mine. The event features speakers and Michigan musicians and you can get all the details on Facebook.
The mine is located on the Yellow Dog Plains north of Marquette, where this lovely little river flows. Acid mine drainage from sulfide mines has killed many of the rivers in the west, and there has yet to be a sulfide mine that hasn’t created acid mine drainage.
Have a look at what acid mining has done to Sudbury, and then see if the “jobs” argument holds water when you put the 100 or so mine jobs in one hand and Michigan’s countless tourism industry jobs in the other.