Mining in Michigan

  • The DEQ Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals (OOGM) regulates several mining industries in Michigan, including metallic mining, sand dune mining, and coal mining. There are also several other important mineral commodities such as gypsum, dimension stone, limestone, and aggregate (gravel pits) that are mined in Michigan but are not regulated by the OOGM. These industries, although not requiring a mining permit from the OOGM, may be subject to federal, state, or local air, water, or land use permits.

    The Aquila Resources Inc. Back Forty Project application is available to download in Adobe format at the following web address:

    Hard copies of the application are located at the Lansing and Upper Peninsula DEQ offices and the Lake Township hall.  More information is available on the Non-Ferrous Metallic Mining page.  

    The Permit to Install Application (No. 205-15) for the Back Forty Project is located at the DEQ Air Quality Division link below:

    To view the NPDES Permit application for the Back Forty Project visit the DEQ Water Resources Division's MiWaters page.