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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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Ashland County Mining Impact Committee Hears Warnings from Northland Professor

October 16, 2013 by Barbara With The Ashland County Mining Impact Committee met this morning before a full house to hear information given by Dr. Tom Fitz, a Northland College professor who was part of the team that discovered abundant amounts of asbestos in the Penokee Hills. Present at the talk and standing in support […]

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Iron County Zoning Committee

Citizens Testify for Strong Mining Ordinance

July 5, 2013  By Rebecca Kemble On July 1, 2013, over a hundred people attended the Iron County Zoning Committee’s public hearing on a proposed mining ordinance in Hurley, Wisconsin. Twenty-three of the twenty-eight people who testified urged the Committee to develop an ordinance containing the strongest possible protections for public health, safety and shared […]

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GTAC's letter to Wisconsin the last time they threatened to leave the state.

Ashland County Passes New Metallic Mining Zoning Ordinance 18 to 1; Iron County to Follow

June 20, 2013 by Barbara With Ashland County Board passed a strict new Metallic Mining Ordinance today on a vote of 18 to 1. Read a first draft of a new metallic mining zoning ordinance here. Board member Charles Ortman indicated that the new ordinance was a collaborative effort on the part of the board, […]

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Mine and County Lease site.

Iron County Residents Concerned About Land Lease to Mining Company

June 6, 2013  by Rebecca Kemble The Iron County Citizens Forum held a public meeting at the Oma Town Hall last night to learn about County Forest Law and the Iron County option to lease contract with Gogebic Taconite (GTac), a newly formed company with plans for a large mountain top removal iron mine in […]

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Penokee Hills Education Project Welcomed to Downtown Ashland

April 6, 2013 by Barbara With On the evening of April 5, 2013 the Penokee Hills Education Project and the Mining Impact Coalition opened the doors of their new offices and education center at 616 Main Street in downtown Ashland, Wisconsin. About 150 people attended the event, which marked the beginning of a permanent home […]

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Tyler Forks River in the Penokee Hills.

Penokee Water Walk from Bad River to Red Cliff, March 22, 2013 8 AM

March 21, 2013 by Barbara With Friday, March 22, 8 AM Bad River Wake House located just east of Ashland City Limits 30.2 mile, 1-day Voluntary Journey In Honor of International World Water Day 2013, the Misa Ziibii (Mississippi) Water Walk 2013 and local efforts to prevent sulfide mining in Northern Wisconsin The People of […]

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Rep. Mary Williams (R-Medford) Gives Misleading Information and Blames Internets

March 7, 2013 by Barbara With Despite the news that the DNR will no longer have regulatory power under the new mining bill, Rep. Mary Williams (R-Medford) implores people to “hope for the best.” “I’ve been told, you can trust in the DNR. I’ve been told for ten years that you have to trust in […]

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THE WORLD'S DEADLIEST MINE Just outside Butte, Montana lies Berkeley Pit: a pit filled with greenish poison a mile and a half wide and over a third of a mile deep. It was once a thriving copper mine where millions of tons of copper ore, silver, gold, and other metals were extracted from the soil. When underground mining became too costly in the 1950’s, Berkeley Pit became an open pit mine. As the mine grew bigger and deeper, groundwater began to seep into the pit, and pumps had to be installed to keep it from slowly flooding. Thirty years later, the mine was so exhausted that it was no longer profitable. The pit was abandoned and the water pumps were shut down. Without the pumps, rain and groundwater gradually began to rise in the pit, leaching out the metals and minerals in the surrounding rock. The water became as acidic as a lemon, creating a toxic mixture of heavy metal poisons such as arsenic, lead, and zinc. No fish live there, and no plants line the shores. There aren’t even any insects around, only some rare kinds of microorganisms survive in the toxic water. The Berkeley Pit had become one of the deadliest places on earth. The iron-rich water near the surface is reddish, yielding to a vibrant lime-green hue not far below the surface, where copper concentrations are higher. If you were to drink large amounts of this water it would kill you by corroding your body from inside.  Source: http://www.losapos.com

Under New Mining Bill, DNR Has No Regulatory Power

March 7, 2013 by Barbara With As the “contentious” mining bill AB1 is being debated in the Assembly, more people are mobilizing to protect the waters of the state from the environmental destruction that would be allowed to take place because of this legislation. Rep. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland) whose district is firmly opposed to the […]

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Rude Gesture Interrupts Pillage of Wisconsin; The Press is Not Amused

March 2, 2013 by Hematite Note: The following is in response to an article that appeared on February 28th on the WKOW web page, “Journalist loses credential after making obscene gesture in Senate chamber.” In the shadows of the Senate balcony nestled between the stately pillars of the chamber, the professional press is assigned two […]

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