mission, vision, values

Mission

To safely build a modern mine where employees are empowered to make certain that our operation is protective of the environment, socially engaged, and proactive in the economic development of the communities where we work, live, and play – building capacity that lasts well beyond the life of mine.

Vision

To become a world-class mining operation that protects and minimizes impacts to our environment, promotes sustainable benefit for communities and stakeholders, and inspires commitment to a safe, injury-free workplace for all workers, every day.

Values

  • Safety
  • Environment/Social Responsibility
  • Personal Commitment
  • Transparency
  • Leadership
  • Focus on Results
  • Ownership
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history

Back Forty Mine is Aquila Resources’ 100%-owned, permitting-stage gold and zinc rich mine located in Menominee County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Zinc and copper minerals were discovered in 2001 when a local landowner had a new water well installed. Early in 2002, exploration drilling resulted in the discovery of the deposit. Subsequent drilling in 2002-03 and 2006-08 totaling over 252,625 feet helped define numerous closely spaced zones of significant zinc-gold-copper-silver mineralization. Over the past 18 years, Aquila and various joint venture partners, including INCO and Hudbay Minerals, have invested more than $100 million exploring and advancing Back Forty.

The open-pit mine is scheduled to start a two-year construction phase in 2021. Operations are estimated to run for seven years.

history

Back Forty is Aquila’s 100%-owned zinc and gold mine located in Menominee County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Zinc and copper minerals were discovered in 2001 when a local landowner was having a new water well installed.  Early in 2002, exploration drilling resulted in the discovery of the deposit. Subsequent drilling in 2002-03 and 2006-08 totaling over 252,625 feet

drill core sample

helped define numerous closely spaced zones of significant zinc-gold-copper-silver mineralization. Over the past 18 years, Aquila and various joint venture partners, including INCO and Hudbay Minerals, have invested more than $90 million exploring and advancing Back Forty.

The mine is expected to commence operations in 2023.

our team

David Anderson
General Manager

Mr. Anderson has more than 25 years of experience in permitting, environmental monitoring, impact assessment, and regulatory affairs. Most recently, Mr. Anderson was the Director of Environment for Highland Copper’s Copperwood project and developed the project from exploration, through completion of feasibility and permitting. Mr. Anderson also brings years of legislative and government affairs experience in mining regulation and mining tax reform. He has served on numerous state, tribal and federal committees and worked with regional NGO’s in shaping conservation policy, protection of water resources and environmental remediation. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Northland College with an emphasis in policy and law.

health and safety

We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, our communities, and the environment.

From the beginning, “Zero Harm” has been our goal and will continue to be as the development of the Back Forty Mine continues. Ensuring that every employee and contractor goes home safely at the end of the day to their family, that is what matters most.

Multiple agencies will oversee our operations throughout the life of the mine. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is responsible for administration and enforcement of the mining regulation requirements. During construction, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MiOSHA) will provide health and safety oversight. Once the Back Forty Mine is operating, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will assume enforcement functions from MiOSHA.

health and safety

We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, our communities, and the environment.  

From the beginning, “Zero Harm” has been our goal and will continue to be as the development of the Back Forty Mine continues. Ensuring that every employee and contractor goes home safely at the end of the day to their family, that is what matters most.

Multiple agencies will oversee our operations throughout the life of the mine. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is responsible for administration and enforcement of the mining regulation requirements. During construction, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MiOSHA) will provide health and safety oversight. Once the Back Forty Mine is operating, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will assume enforcement functions from MiOSHA.

contact us

Back Forty MineE807 Gerue Street Stephenson, Michigan 49887(906) 753-9602 | info@backfortymine.com Community Response Line: (906) 451-4192Online Response Form: Click hereCommunity Inquires: (906) 753-9602