New road unneeded

To the Journal editor:

If at first you do not succeed, try try again. This seems to be the philosophy of the Eagle Mine regarding Marquette County Road 595. Unfortunately for them, it is also the attitude of many local grass root organizations and citizens.

Bigger roads with a better view was the reason behind the Marquette County Road Commission support of realignment to roads Triple A and CR 510 during the Feb. 17 Country Road Commissioner meeting. The word mine was never even uttered as if they are choosing to play dumb in order to approve these motions without a worry of their conscience.

Extensive loss of trees, including a 10- to-50-foot clearing on either side of the road and leveling of the land, are among the few issues this road has caused.

Eager to begin production, they are putting up and repaving roads as fast as they can. This has led to poor quality. Before snow fell this year, these roads were considered good, in terms of quality.

With spring thaw hitting the roads hard, they are already cracking. Paved roads don’t hold up against the Upper Peninsula weather like dirt roads. Sure, you cannot go 55 mph on a dirt road but who is going to pay for the road’s maintenance when the Lundin Mining Corp. is gone? How is the environment going to recover after all degradation has been done, including mineral debris, excess engine emissions and noise pollution?

This last man standing, Hingst, seems to be the only thing standing between this new realignment road and its third failure. This realignment road is supposedly going to improve recreational use and be safer.

We all know it is strictly going to help the Eagle Mine move as much ore to the Humboldt Mill as fast as possible. There are going to be no winners in this new road alignment. According to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, this road is not inside the fence and therefore not an affected area though right? Wrong.

Sara Stafford

Huntington Woods, Mich.