Archive | December, 2013
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A Look Inside 2013: Photographs From Wisconsin

December 31, 2013 By Leslie Peterson 2013 was another busy year for Wisconsin activists. Almost three years have passed since the huge protests over collective bargaining rights for public sector workers engaged the state and the rest of the world in February 2011. This collection of images proves “Yes, that really happened.” All images ©Leslie […]

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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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The Tyler Forks River with Carolyn Lake and the headwaters of the Bad River. This land is sacred ground for the Anishinaabeg, and provides the fresh water for the entire area. The mine will go directly in its path. Photo: Larry Kinnett

Editorial: More Citizens Demand Repeal of Wisconsin Mining Law

December 20, 2013 by WCMC guest The following letter appeared in papers around the state, with over 100 signatures from elected officials, business owners and residents, and came from Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and throughout Wisconsin. Please leave your name and location in the comment section below if you agree. Dear Editor According to Sen. Scott Fitzgerald […]

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GTac Lobbyists Bob Seitz and Tim Myers, and President Bill Williams at Aug 13, 2013 DNR hearing on their bulk sample application. Photo: Rebecca Kemble

Spain’s Damning Evidence on Bill Williams’ Complicity in Crimes Against Environment

December 14, 2013 by Barbara With As Gogebic Taconite (GTac) President Bill Williams is being sought for alleged crimes against the environment committed while he was overseeing the Cobre Las Cruces (CLC) mine in Seville, Spain, WCMC has obtained documents that highlight the severity of those charges. Together with other publicly available evidence, these documents […]

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Sign outside of a public hearing on GTac's bulk sampling plan August 15, 2013.

We Cannot Bear the Cost of a Mine

December 13, 2013 by Russell Buccanero [Russell Buccanero lives on Moore Park Road in the Town of Anderson, Iron County, Wisconsin. His property is near the the land on which Gogebic Taconite plans to construct a 22-mile long, 1,000 foot deep open pit iron mine. Despite GTac’s offers to buy his land, Buck has steadfastly […]

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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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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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A cross polarized light image of a piece of grunerite asbestos from Bulk Sampling Site 4 taken by pointing a cell phone down the camera port of a microscope showing the asbestos needles. The width of the piece is approximately 300 µm. GTac claims there is no danger because there is no asbestos. Photo: Dr. Joseph Skulan

An Open Letter to the Press Regarding GTAC

December 3, 2013 by WCMC A version of the following letter was composed by Dr. Joseph Skulan, who has been covering the 22-mile open-pit mountaintop removal iron ore mine being proposed by GTac in the Penokee Hills and is a member of WCMC. The letter was sent to a contact in the Wisconsin press, but […]

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