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Back Forty Mine is Aquila Resources’ 100%-owned permitting-stage zinc- and gold-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 10 years, Aquila and various joint venture partners, including INCO and Hudbay Minerals, have invested more than $90 million exploring and advancing Back Forty.
The open-pit mine is scheduled to start construction in late 2019. Operations are estimated for the latter half of 2022 and will have an expected life of seven years.