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 those people. Well, I do trust them.”
In a press conference this morning at the Capitol, Williams bragged about Flambeau Mine, in her district. Williams said, “My husband and I have spent a lot of time down there. Now it’s been taken care of, I think it’s a nice place for the community and they’ve done a good job.”
What Williams failed to mention was on July 24, 2012 Judge Barbara Crabb found Flambeau Mining Company guilty of 11 counts of contaminating the water of the nearby Flambeau River and its tributaries.
Williams also omitted the fact that according to data received from Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in 2002, Rusk County had the highest unemployment rate in the State during the years the mine operated (1993-1997). In fact, read the actual news reports through the years that revealed a rising unemployment rate while they were operating.
Williams cited the Internet as the main cause of any misinformation concerning the details of the new mining bill.
“One of the big problems I see in this world is the Internet. I think the Internet is great for some things, but you folks [referring to the profession press] are right there for us. If we see you’ve put something in your news that we don’t agree with, we can always call you up and say, gee, where’d you get that information, and it can be corrected. But the Internet is so full of, how do I say it nicely, baloney. There’s a lot of false statements made on the Internet because people can’t readily change that.”