Archive | 2013

Dispatch from the Penokee Hills

December 2, 2013  by Mel Gasper Booshoo, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mel Gasper. I’m a Lac Courte Oreilles tribal member from Hayward, Wisconsin. I’m the administrator for the HELP project (Harvest Educational Learning Project) located on Moore Park Road near Mellen, Wisconsin. I have been here in the Penokee Mountain […]

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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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Bill Williams’ Spanish Mistake Is Wisconsin’s Nightmare

November 30, 2013 by Joseph Skulan and Barbara With Gogebic Taconite (GTac) President Bill Williams will likely be brought to trial in Spain for his part in the environmental crimes allegedly committed by the Cobre Las Cruces (CLC) mining operation while he was a senior manager of the company, according to court documents obtained from Ecologistas en Acción (EIA).  […]

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Spanish Trial Of GTAC Bill Williams All But Certain

November 29, 2013 by WCMC WCMC has obtained information from the Spanish organization pressing charges against Bill Williams, President of Gogebic Taconite (GTac), for alleged crimes perpetrated while he was director of the Cobre las Cruces copper mine in Spain. Ecologistas en Acción (Ecologists In Action) are seeking information on Williams’ current whereabouts to pass on to […]

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WANTED: GTAC President Bill Williams for Environmental Crimes in Spain

November 27, 2013 by Barbara With In breaking news yesterday, a federation of over 300 environmental groups in Spain called Ecologists in Action (EIA) announced that Gogebic Taconite (GTac) President Bill Williams is facing criminal trial in Spain for multiple environmental violations committed while he was director of the Cobre Las Cruces (CLC) copper mine in […]

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My Name is Ron Johnson, I Run From Wisconsin

By Nicole Desautels November 1, 2013  – In what appears to be an effort to avoid facing his Madison area constituents, Sen Ron Johnson (R-) held what he considered a “public listening session” with a handful of people in a little-publicized meeting orchestrated by Camille Solberg, Johnson’s Central Wisconsin Regional Director. Fewer than a dozen […]

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Iron County Mining Impact Committee Chair Leslie Kolesar Misleads Public on Mine Tailings

October 31, 2013 by Barbara With Leslie Kolesar, chair of the Iron County Mining Impact Committee, recently claimed that tailings from the defunct Montreal iron mine near Hurley were deemed safe to use as fill in a Superfund Site in Ironwood, MI. Kolesar was corrected by Kathy Halbur, EPA specialist who confirmed that no such […]

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Wis. Republicans Disregard Public Health and Safety in Favor of Frac Sand Mining

October 25, 2013  by Bruce Johnson [Bruce Johnson is a Supervisor on the Town of Pepin board and serves as the Pepin Plan Commission chair. -Editors] I travelled to Madison this week to present a unanimous resolution from the Town of Pepin Board opposing an attempt in the state legislature to preempt all local units […]

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Bill Williams Claims DNR Dragging Feet; DNR Says “Ball is in GTac’s Court”

October 20, 2013 by Wendy Thiede To the editors of the Ironwood Daily Globe, Attached is a letter to the editor I have written in response to the article in Saturday’s paper headlined “GTac still waiting to hear from WDNR.” I personally attended and recorded the meeting of the Iron County Mining Impact Committee 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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