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Citizens to Challenge Mining Laws

Press Release February 14, 2014 For More Information Contact: Barbara With – 715- 209 5471 Paul DeMain – 715-558-2991 Wisconsin Citizens Target Illegal Mine Company Pandering Moore Park Siding, Wisconsin - Wisconsin citizens working to protect the pristine environment of the Penokee Range in Northern Wisconsin from morally illegitimate mining exploration and socially unacceptable environment degradation will gather on Sunday, February […]

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Iron County Forestry, July 16, 2013. Photo: Barbara With

Iron County Insurance Won’t Cover LCO Eviction

December 13, 2013 by Barbara With and Rebecca Kemble The Iron County Board has canceled its discussion of the recommended eviction of the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest and Education Learning Project from Moore Park Road at the upcoming December 17, 2013 meeting. According to HELP spokesperson Paul DeMain, the item was removed from the agenda […]

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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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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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Overpass Light Brigade, Madison WI on the eve of the legislature hearing the mining bill

Militarized Mining in Wisconsin

September 27, 2013  by Al Gedicks [This is a reprint of an article in Z Magazine  vol. 26  no. 10, October 2013, copyright Al Gedicks.] Armed guards protecting extractive resource operations is not an uncommon sight in Central and South American countries where there is growing community resistance to ecologically destructive mining and oil projects. As […]

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GTac has already left behind a mess from drilling core samples.

GTAC Lies About Asbestos in Penokee Hills

August 7, 2013 by Barbara With On August 15, 2013, the Wisconsin DNR is holding a hearing to take public testimony on whether to issue a bulk sampling permit to Gogebic Taconite LLC (GTac) for mining in the Penokee Hills. GTac submitted their application for bulk sampling in late June. On July 2, the DNR […]

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Screen shot of Gary Glonek's racist cartoons posted on Facebook.

Iron County Defends Employee Gary Glonek’s Racist Rants as Truth

July 7, 2013 by Barbara With and Bill Dunn Iron County Forester Gary Glonek has been openly posting racist and misleading materials on his Facebook page that are attracting the attention of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribal attorneys. An avid and outspoken extreme pro-mining activist, Glonek is also part of […]

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Rep. Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah)

Rep. Kaufert Backs Down on Threat to Lac du Flambeau Community and Cultural Center

May 22, 2013  by Rebecca Kemble During today’s meeting of the Wisconsin Building Commission, Rep. Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah) agreed to not pursue reconsideration of a $250,000 grant from the Commission to the Lac du Flambeau tribe for construction of a community and cultural center. On March 26, 2013, Rep. Kaufert accused the Lac du Flambeau tribe […]

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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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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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