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Timeline of Shame: How a Mining Company Got State and Local Governments to Allow Destruction of Wetlands

November 3, 2014 by Maureen Matesuwic and Barbara With This timeline details how local officials, mining supporters and politicians helped conceal from the public the fact that the new Wisconsin Wetlands and Mining Bills are designed to give Gogebic Taconite (GTac) President Bill Williams what he was asking for in order to build a 22-mile open pit […]

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Brad Schimel looking towards the door during an interview with Fox News 6. Schimel refused to answers questions about his failure to investigate Joe Kleefisch.

Republican AG Candidate Schimel promises to fight against clean air quality

October 19, 2014 by Barbara With Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel (R) promises he will fight against new EPA regulations to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants if he is elected Attorney General. In his October 12 debate with Susan Happ (D), he vowed to defend the use of coal as the sole source of […]

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The Tyler Forks, one of the "puddles" that could be legally filled in by mining waste.

Wisconsin Tribes Set to Meet with EPA Regarding Proposed Penokee Mine

July 21, 2014 by Barbara With On August 21, 2014, the six tribes of Wisconsin’s Chippewa Federation will meet with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials to urge them to stop mining activity in the Penokee Hills in northern Wisconsin. Tribal leaders sent a letter in May requesting the meeting and asking the EPA to invoke a section of […]

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GTac lobbyist Bob Seitz, President Bill Williams and Lobbyist Tim Meyers. Photo: Rebecca Kemble

GTac’s Bill Williams Indicted in Spain

February 19, 2014 by WCMC The Seville Office of the Environment has formally filed written charges, similar to an indictment, against Bill Williams for crimes against the environment and criminal damage to the public domain. The charges allege that Williams and his co-defendants, who were employed as managers at the Cobre las Cruces mine in […]

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Editorial: Penokee People Demand Repeal of Mining Laws

January 10, 2014 by Maureen Matusewic The Penokee Hills stand tall above Lake Superior, and cradle the rivers and streams of the Bad River Watershed. These waters, sacred and pure, are rare in our industrialized society. We, the Penokee People, are connected through our common belief that the future for all people is dependent on […]

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Ecologistas en Acción in Spain discovered unpermitted wells had been drilled at Cobre Las Cruces mine while under the management of Bill Williams. Photo: Antonio Ramos

Ecologists in Action to Bill Williams: “You are a liar”

December 31, 2013 by Barbara With In an interview on WORT 89.9 on December 30, 2013, host Brian Standing and translator Martin Alvarado spoke with geologist Antonio Ramos, a member of the Spanish ecological federation Ecologistas en Acción (Ecologists in Action) who are helping to bring charges against Gogebic Taconite (GTac) President Bill Williams. Williams […]

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Joe Rose Sr., Joe Rose Jr., Barbara With at a press conference in Mellen, Au 2013. Photo: Rebecca Kemble

EDITORIAL: Merry Christmas to GTAC and to all a no mine…

December 25, 2013 by Barbara With On October 11, 2011, Gogebic Taconite (GTac) President Bill Williams did an interview on the Wiseye.com program Newsmakers with Steve Walters. At minute 16, Williams waxes poetic, almost like the other woman fawning over jewels from a married lover. Here he crows about how the Republican leadership of Wisconsin came […]

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LCO Harvest Camp supporter outside of the Iron County Board meeting on July 30, 2013. Photo: Rebecca Kemble

Forestry Committee Pressured to Evict Lac Courte Oreilles from Iron County

December 12, 2013 by Barbara With On December 9, 2013, the Iron County Forestry Committee voted unanimously to recommend that Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Education Learning Project (HELP) be evicted from the county land they have working on since last spring. The issue will be taken up at the next Iron County Board meeting, Tuesday, […]

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Ashland County Board Chair Pete Russo and Board Supervisor Charles Ortman at a press conference July 10, 2013 after GTac was caught employing a paramilitary militia in Arizona to patrol their drill sites in the Penokee Hills. Photo: Rebecca Kemble

Ashland County Board Chair Calls for Repeal of Mining Law

December 8, 2013 by Pete Russo and Charles Ortman [On December 7, 2013, in an editorial ran in the Ashland Daily Press, Ashland County Board Chair Pete Russo and Board Member Charles Ortman called for a repeal of Act 1, the new ferrous mining law that was written by Gogebic Taconite and passed into law […]

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GTac engineer Tim Myers, lobbyist Bob Seitz and CEO Bill Williams in front of the Iron County Board.

Letter to Spain: An introduction to GTac’s proposed Penokee Hills iron mine

December 2, 2013 by Joseph Skulan (Note: Recently a correspondent in Spain asked me to explain GTac’s plans to mine iron in the Penokee hills of northern Wisconsin, and the issues surrounding these plans. Believing that my reply to his request could serve as a useful introduction to the Penokee mine issue for people unfamiliar […]

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