Tag Archives: Gogebic Taconite

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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This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man!

September 15, 2013  by Rob Ganson [This is the text of a speech given by Rob Ganson at the Sawyer County Democrats picnic on Saturday, September 14, 2013. As Rob took the microphone and stood reading his narrative, one of the plastic chairs about 20 feet in the west begin to move in his direction. […]

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Death Threats and Paramilitary Distract from GTac’s Dirty Secrets

July 29, 2013 by Barbara With After Gogebic Taconite (GTac) stumbled over the illegal hiring of a paramilitary militia to protect their drill sites in the Penokee Hills, new diversions are being created to draw attention away from the damage the out-of-state mining company has incurred during the core drilling phase of the permitting process. GTac […]

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Citizens Testify for Strong Mining Ordinance

July 5, 2013  By Rebecca Kemble On July 1, 2013, over a hundred people attended the Iron County Zoning Committee’s public hearing on a proposed mining ordinance in Hurley, Wisconsin. Twenty-three of the twenty-eight people who testified urged the Committee to develop an ordinance containing the strongest possible protections for public health, safety and shared […]

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Presence of Acid-Producing Rocks at Proposed Penokee Mine Site Confirmed

July 5, 2013  By Joseph Skulan A potential major environmental hazard of the iron mine Gogebic Taconite (GTac) claims it intends to open in the Penokee Hills is acidic runoff caused by the oxidation of sulfide minerals in rocks disturbed by mining operations. Sulfide minerals in the form of pyrite (ferrous sulfide) are known to […]

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Penokee Hills Education Project Takes Anti-Mining Message to Hurley

July 3, 2013  By Rebecca Kemble On Monday, July 1, 2013 members of the Penokee Hills Education Project and their supporters held a press conference in downtown Hurley, Wisconsin. The event was scheduled an hour and a half before the Iron County Zoning Committee’s public hearing on a proposed mining ordinance. It was slated to […]

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Iron County Residents Concerned About Land Lease to Mining Company

June 6, 2013  by Rebecca Kemble The Iron County Citizens Forum held a public meeting at the Oma Town Hall last night to learn about County Forest Law and the Iron County option to lease contract with Gogebic Taconite (GTac), a newly formed company with plans for a large mountain top removal iron mine in […]

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Lac Courte Oreilles Open Harvest Camp in the Penokee Hills

May 6, 2013 by Barbara With According to Indian County TV, the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribe has opened a treaty harvest and educational camp on public lands in the Penokee Hills. The camp is located near the site of the proposed 22-mile mountaintop removal open pit iron mine (the largest in the world) that […]

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Resistance Mounts as Mining Bill Speeds Towards Final Passage

March 3, 2013 by Barbara With First claiming that new mining bill SB1 protects the environment, and then admitting that it actually allows mining companies to pollute without consequence, Sen. Tom Tiffany stepped up to take responsibility for spearheading what could become one of the worst long-term environmental and economic disasters in history of the […]

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Walker Blames Top Employer in Ashland County for Lack of Jobs

by Todd and Dotty Richmond [EDITOR’S NOTE:  This is a open-source correction/continuation of a February 12, 2013, AP article written by Todd Richmond. While the AP may accept such a stenographic offering as even minimally adequate, Todd’s mother Dotty does not. Consequently, Dotty forced Todd to redo his homework assignment, this time getting the facts […]

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