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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) threatens Lake Superior; Citizens take action

April 21, 2015 by Mary Doughtery Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) was a foreign word in the Lake Superior Basin prior to the summer of 2014. Today the residents of Bayfield County know many new terms: nutrient management plans (NMP), best management practices, manure lagoons, gestation crates and animal units. As the community learned about these things, […]

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Annual County Conservation Congress Meetings April 13

April 10, 2015 by Barbara With On Monday, April 13, 2015, the annual Spring Conservation Congress hearings will take place across the state. Each hearing—one in each county—begins at 7:00 PM. Citizens concerned about Wisconsin natural resources have an opportunity to provide input by voting on a variety of issues and testifying on proposed rule changes relating to […]

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Billionaire Chris Cline can’t afford Iron County lease payment

February 1, 2015 by WCMC On January 30, 2015, the Northland News Center reported that Gogebic Taconite, which is financed by Chris Cline of North Palm Beach FL, had not paid their $10,000 lease payment for land essential for the construction of their proposed open-pit mountaintop-removal iron ore mine in Wisconsin’s Iron County. According to the […]

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UPDATE 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 UPDATE: On February 27, 2015, GTac President Bill Williams announced that GTac would be closing their Hurley office and discontinuing their pursuit of iron ore mining in the Penokee Hills at this time. Williams blamed the EPA and the wetlands, which he claimed they did not […]

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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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