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Some of the 10,000,000 bison that were nearly brought to extinction in the late 1870s. Photo: Wikipedia

Wisconsin Mining Bill Threatens Genocide

February 3, 2013 by Barbara With January 23, 2013. The only public hearing on mining bill SB1/AB1 is taking place in Madison, Wisconsin. Next up in the queue is Mike Wiggins Jr., Chair of Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, whose reserve is 300 miles north of the state Capitol and six miles west […]

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The Tyler Forks, one of the "puddles" that could be legally filled in by mining waste.

Wetlands Deregulation Bill Passed Under False Pretenses

January 22, 2013    by Rebecca Kemble At a press conference unveiling Sen. Tim Cullen’s (D-Janesville) alternative mining bill today, Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) said the controversial wetlands deregulation bill he helped craft last year only passed because of assurances by Scott Walker’s administration and the Department of Natural Resources that the provisions in it […]

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Walker invited hard hat wearing folks from northern Wisconsin to join him at the podium during his State of the State address promoting a new mining deregulation bill.

Secret Mining Meeting in Hurley Draws Criticism

January 21, 2013   by Barbara With and Rebecca Kemble On January 14, 2013, failed Tea Party candidate for Wisconsin Assembly 74th district John Sendra issued a press release announcing that a meeting of legislators and business owners had taken place the Friday evening before in Hurley. The topic of discussion was SB1/AB1, the proposed mining […]

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The Penokee Hills above and strip mined land for iron ore in MN below. Photos by Joel Austin

Wisconsin Mining Bill SB1/AB1: A Review of AB426

January 22, 2013 by Barbara With In a recent press conference, State ALEC co-chair Rep. Robin Vos (R-Burlington) declared he does not plan to hold any public hearing for the new SB1/AB1 mining bill in the northern part of the state near the proposed mine site. The only chance for the public to give testimony […]

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The Flambeau Mine (a Kennecott/Rio Tinto project) operated on the banks of the Flambeau River near Ladysmith, Wisconsin in the mid-1990s. This photo was taken in 1994 when the river flooded during heavy rains and came within 20 horizontal feet and 4 vertical feet of spilling into the mine pit.
(Photo by Bob Olsgard of Sarona, WI, September 17, 1994)

Republican Mining Bill Ignores the Truth of Wisconsin’s Mining History

January 19, 2013 by Barbara With Wisconsin Republicans have finally released their next version of a mining bill, waiting until late Friday afternoon to do so. The only public hearing on the bill will be held in Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in a small hearing room at the Capitol in Madison. Critics of the bill, […]

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Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) listening to testimony at the November 28
9, 2013 Mining Committee hearing. Also present were Senators Holperin, Schultz, Cullen and Grothman. Senators Lehman, Erpenbach, Coles and Lazich are also on the committee. Grothman was sitting in for Lazich.

Jauch Calls New Mining Bill a “Hoax”

January 19, 2013 by Barbara With Just days after releasing their next version of a mining bill, Wisconsin Republicans announced on late Friday afternoon that the only public hearing on the bill will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in a small hearing room at the Capitol in Madison. Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) issued this […]

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Hull Rust Mahoning pit in Hibbing, MN. This land would have looked similar to northern Wisconsin without mining. Ashland County Board members Charles Ortman and Photographer Joel Austin visited the site. Austin said, "This picture was taken on an observation platform that was out in a kind of peninsula sticking out into the pit. There was pit on all sides of me except straight behind. I would guess something like 270 degrees. It's hard to convey in a photograph. This one is just a small chunk of it."

Extreme Mining Advocate ALEC Member Rep. Knilans Promotes Mining Misinformation

April 19, 2012 by Barbara With On April 16, 2012, Extreme Mining Advocate Rep. Joe Knilans (R-Janesville-ALEC) issued a press release trying to once again revive the controversial mining bill that would allow a 22-mile open pit iron ore mine in the Penokee Hills. Knilans has deep ties to ALEC and during the last session […]

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Sen. Bob Jauch (D-25)

Senator Bob Jauch (D-25) Responds to Recall Campaign Against Him

From Sen. Bob Jauch (D-25) on Shirl LaBarre filing recall papers against him: “Today, Citizens for Responsible Government (an oxymoron) began recall effort against me and established a recall committee against Sen. Dale Schultz (R-17). Here is my statement: “Citizens for Responsible government is a Milwaukee fringe group that is more interested in political conquest […]

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Map of the proposed mine site and the affect surrounding Bad River Watershed. Map: Carl Sack

Extreme Mining Advocates Ramp Up Propaganda in Face of Mining Bill Failure

March 11, 2012 by Barbara With On March 6, the Wisconsin State Senate rejected the Joint Finance Committee’s Substitute Amendment to AB426, the Assembly version of a ferrous mining bill authored by Gogebic Taconite, the mining company seeking to open a 22-mile open-pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin. After the Senate voted it down, […]

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Fitzgerald Reveals That Corporations Wrote Mining Bill

March 8, 2012 by Lady Forward Fitzgerald: “…I go back to the beginning of the session, when the corporations started building that bill…”

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