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6th Anniversary of the “(Un)Forbidden Zone” of Northern Wisconsin

February 17, 2019 by Barbara With On Sunday, Feb. 24, people from around the state will gather once again in the Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin to celebrate what was once designated “The Forbidden Zone” by the state legislature. For the sixth consecutive year, water protectors will snowshoe to the top of the hill at […]

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Penokee Hills Education Project to Hold Listening Sessions in Hurley, Mercer and Mellen

June 25, 2014 by Barbara With On Friday, June 27, 2014, the Penokee Hills Education Project (PHEP) will be holding a series of listening sessions, “Truth and Reality of the Penokee Mine,” in Hurley, Mercer and Mellen concerning the proposed 22-mile open pit mountaintop removal iron ore mine in the Penokee Hills. Chairman of the Bad […]

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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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Fitz Discovers More Asbestos Near GTac Proposed Bulk Sampling Site

October 15, 2013 by Barbara With According to WPR, Northland College Geologist Dr. Tom Fitz has found four more areas around a proposed iron ore mine site in the Penokee Hills that contain high levels of asbestos. Fitz was one of a a team of independent scientists who released findings last week of abundant amounts […]

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GTAC Lies About Asbestos in Penokee Hills

August 7, 2013 by Barbara With On August 15, 2013, the Wisconsin DNR is holding a hearing to take public testimony on whether to issue a bulk sampling permit to Gogebic Taconite LLC (GTac) for mining in the Penokee Hills. GTac submitted their application for bulk sampling in late June. On July 2, the DNR […]

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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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Iron County Defends Employee Gary Glonek’s Racist Rants as Truth

July 7, 2013 by Barbara With and Bill Dunn Iron County Forester Gary Glonek has been openly posting racist and misleading materials on his Facebook page that are attracting the attention of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribal attorneys. An avid and outspoken extreme pro-mining activist, Glonek is also part of […]

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Ashland County Passes New Metallic Mining Zoning Ordinance 18 to 1; Iron County to Follow

June 20, 2013 by Barbara With Ashland County Board passed a strict new Metallic Mining Ordinance today on a vote of 18 to 1. Read a first draft of a new metallic mining zoning ordinance here. Board member Charles Ortman indicated that the new ordinance was a collaborative effort on the part of the board, […]

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GTAC To Appear Before Joint Mining Impact Committees

May 5, 2013  by Barbara With On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, the Town of Morse will host a question and answer session with officials from Gogebic Taconite (GTac) concerning the four-phase, 22-mile open pit taconite mine they plan to develop in Iron and Ashland Counties. This will be a joint meeting of the Town of […]

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Penokee Hills Education Project Welcomed to Downtown Ashland

April 6, 2013 by Barbara With On the evening of April 5, 2013 the Penokee Hills Education Project and the Mining Impact Coalition opened the doors of their new offices and education center at 616 Main Street in downtown Ashland, Wisconsin. About 150 people attended the event, which marked the beginning of a permanent home […]

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