Here are some suggestions of ways you can help protect your environment.
- Learn about Metallic Mineral Mining. Go onto the internet and search for things such as “acid mine drainage”, “mining superfund sites”, “mining cyanide spills”, etc. Find a book about the subject. You don’t need to become an expert. If you spend 30 minutes a month dabbling with gathering information about metallic mineral mining, you will soon have the basic knowledge you need to draft your own opinion about this industry and how it could impact our area.
- Talk to family, co-workers, and friends about the potential mine in our area. Share enough of what you have learned to at least ensure they are aware of the situation and can make an educated decision about whether or not they want to get active.
- Call, write, email, or better yet, visit your local, state, and federal officials and regulatory agencies (DEQ, DNR, etc) and express concern about what you have learned about metallic mineral mining. Encourage elected officials to develop more environmentally responsible legislation and regulations. For your convenience, click here for a contact list of elected officials and regulators.
- Attend the Front 40 meetings. Get to know others who share you concerns. Learn about different ways you can become more involved if you wish. In 2003, hardly anyone on the Front 40 knew much about metallic mineral mining, mineral rights, acid mine drainage, etc. We always welcome new members and we are eager to help you learn more about this threat to our area.
- Contact the Front 40 and request a yard sign. Let your neighbors and passer-bys know that you are concerned.
- The truth of the matter is that the Front 40 exists through the efforts of volunteers and the financial contributions of concerned people and organizations. Billboards, printing costs, etc add up quickly. If you would like to, please consider sending a tax-deductible donation to:
PO Box 113
Stephenson, MI 49887