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August 23, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

The difference between MarquetteCounty roads 595 and 550 in transporting Eagle mine ore to the Humbolt mill is almost unbelievable when all is considered.

The difference in distance per round trip is 86 miles. At 50 trips per day, six days per week for eight years at five gallons per mile, 3,369,600 gallons would be consumed on the County Road 550 route and 1,248,000 on County Road 595. How much pollution would go into the atmosphere with this extra 2,121,600 gallons of fuel consumed? There is a considerable amount of logging done in the general area of the mine most of it would be transported on County Road 595. Mine personnel would use County Road 595.

There will accidents at the mine, in the woods and on the road in eight years. County Road 595 would be the fastest ambulance route. There are alternative routes, none can compare with County Road 595 in the cost of transportation. They are all longer and include a drastic drop in elevation which then has to be climbed.

County Road 595 is relatively flat. Weighing the advantages including the pollution aspects I would be disappointed if County Road 595 is not built.

Russ Balconi




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