The Effects Of Mining On The Environment And Economy For Lake Michigan And Wisconsin

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Mining is the process or industry of obtaining coal or other minerals from a mine. A new mining project, called the Back Forty, is was proposed and is located on the Michigan and Wisconsin border. This project is said to begin around 2020 and created concern for some people. The Aquila Resources Inc. is the company behind this proposal, and they said “it will invest more than $300 million to extract gold, zinc, copper and silver along the Menominee River” (Bergquist, 2016). The Menominee river is part of the border between Wisconsin and Michigan. The mine will have large effects on the environment and economy for Lake Michigan and Wisconsin. The next paragraphs will discuss the positive and negative effects that the Back Forty could create. One side would be for the mine and say that the economic benefits would outweigh the negative effects on the environment, while the opposing side would say the opposite.
To begin, those who are for mining would say that the Back Forty will have positive effects on the economy in places near it. Many people could assume that opening a mine could create more jobs, and essentially help the economy. One example, from another mine from Hunter Valley, is that mining “provided the major source of energy for industry, transport and economic development,” (Cottle, 2013). This shows that mining can have very good impacts. A specific way the Back Forty can affect northeastern Wisconsin is it “would generate more, than $20 million in new tax revenue

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