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NO MINE IN THE PENOKEE HILLS Bad River is under attack under Mining Special Interests in Legislature, the Treaties that Protects and Preserves our Cultural Environment, Lands and the Water, honor them.



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Sisters and Brothers leading Idle No More, in Madison throughout Wisconsin is: Rachel Byington, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma * Arvina Marin, Ho Chunk Nation Diana Miller, Menominee Nation * Sarah LittlerRedfeather, decent of the Anishinaabe, MN Chippewa Band - White Earth * Sanford LittleEagle, Ho Chunk Nation * Chuck Davis, Sr. We are in Solidarity and active with IdleNoMore Milwaukee.



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MISSION The, "Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water." The movement wants to "stop the government from passing more laws and legislation that will further erode treaty and indigenous rights and the rights of all Indigenous people globally." - We are in Solidarity with Canada, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin to Idle No More, Protect our Lands and Water.



* One Tribe One Nation One Fire Honoring Chief Theresa Spence, and the women who started the IdleNoMore Movement.



NO MINE IN THE PENOKEE HILLS Bad River is under attack under Mining Special Interests in Legislature, the Treaties that Protects and Preserves our Cultural Environment, Lands and the Water, honor them.



* VAWA Indigenous Women Issues Our congress refuses to sign the VAWA Law that has the protections and rights to prosecute non-natives who abuse our Women on Tribal Lands and more, this is important. Global awareness, to Stop the Violence Against Women, Sexual Assault, lack of support for justice departments from leaders of disappearing indigenous women, and children murdered and / or sold into human trafficking.



Sisters and Brothers leading Idle No More, in Madison throughout Wisconsin is: Rachel Byington, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma * Arvina Marin, Ho Chunk Nation Diana Miller, Menominee Nation * Sarah LittlerRedfeather, decent of the Anishinaabe, MN Chippewa Band - White Earth * Sanford LittleEagle, Ho Chunk Nation * Chuck Davis, Sr. We are in Solidarity and active with IdleNoMore Milwaukee.



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GTAC Lies About Asbestos in Penokee Hills - ‪#‎RFKVisitPenokeeHills‬ ‪#‎IdleNoMore‬ ‪#‎LCOHEC‬ ‪#‎Ojibwe‬ ‪#‎OjibweTreaties‬ ‪#‎NoPenokeeMine‬

GTAC Lies About Asbestos in Penokee Hills - ‪#‎RFKVisitPenokeeHills‬ ‪#‎IdleNoMore‬ ‪#‎LCOHEC‬ ‪#‎Ojibwe‬ ‪#‎OjibweTreaties‬ ‪#‎NoPenokeeMine‬ | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
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 issued a ten-point response requiring more information from GTac, including how they plan to deal with the asbestos found in the Penokee HIlls:

Wisconsin Geological Survey shows grunerite, one of the most toxic forms of asbestos, is present on and near the proposed mine site.

 

10. Additionally, given the documented occurrence of asbestiform minerals in ore bodies of similar nature in Minnesota and reports of similar minerals (amphiboles of the cummingtonite-grunerite series) in the vicinity of the proposed bulk sampling activity, it will also be necessary to evaluate the bulk sampling activity to determine whether regulations pertaining to the control of asbestos emissions under chapters NR445 or NR447 WI. Admin.Code is required. If there minerals are present or potentially present in an asbestiform habit within the excavated material, a percentage of total emissions would likely be asbestos emissions.


According to the National Academy of Sciences, grunerite is one of the most toxic forms of asbestos and causes lung cancer, mesothelioma and pulmonary fibrosis. The Wisconsin Geological Survey states on its website that grunerite is found throughout the Mellen area on and near the proposed mine site. (see above)

 
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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 natural resources.

 

Wisconsin’s new mining law prohibits the state’s Department of Natural Resources from issuing stop orders if mining operations threaten public health, safety or the environment. The law also states that “adverse impacts to wetlands are presumed to be necessary in bulk sampling and mining activities.” Opponents of the law argued that statement gives mining companies a blank check to pollute.

 

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

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"Passionate voices urging their County Board to defend public health, safety and the environment in the absence of state protections.." - By Rebecca Kemble of #WCMCCOP #NoPenokeeMine #RFKVisitPenokeeHills

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Gov.Walker’s 2013 Budget - DNR officials admit do not have enough staff #NoPenokeeMine The Progressive

Gov.Walker’s 2013 Budget - DNR officials admit do not have enough staff #NoPenokeeMine The Progressive | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

In Walker’s first year in office he turned the DNR into an “enterprise agency” with “increased operating flexibility to enable the agency to improve customer service and business support.” This shifted staff and resources away from monitoring, oversight and compliance with environmental regulations and created the Office of Business Support and Sustainability at a time when two major threats to clean air and water were ramping up: Frac sand mining and massive Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) with thousands of head of livestock.

 

DNR officials admit that due to a large number of early retirements when Walker took office, they do not have enough staff to oversee the sand mines or CAFOs. New wetlands and navigable water laws that involve setting up “wetland mitigation banks” whereby developers (like Secretary Stepp, who likes to remind people that she’s a business owner and a hunter) can fill in wetlands in one part of the state provided they “create” another one somewhere else pull staff away from the DNR’s core mission of protecting the state’s resources.

 

Stepp’s budget request includes the addition of two full time “small business environmental assistants” whose sole purpose is to help “job creators” navigate environmental permitting processes “in a protected and confidential manner detached from the permit review staff.” Until such time as Walker and Co. can completely trash all environmental protections, the least they can do for business is to provide them with state-sponsored coaching on how to game the system.

 

The most alarming aspect of DNR’s budget request is what it does not include: staff allocations for iron mining permitting and oversight. The mining deregulation bill that was passed earlier this month has eased the way for an enormous mountain top removal project on the shores of Lake Superior in a water-rich environment. Groundwater modeling, rock characterization and other aspects of the permitting process for such a large project are extremely complicated, yet there is absolutely no budget for DNR staff to carry out these tasks should a permit application be submitted.

 
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"...DNR officials admit that due to a large number of early retirements when Walker took office, they do not have enough staff to oversee the sand mines or CAFOs. New wetlands and navigable water laws that involve setting up “wetland mitigation banks” whereby developers (like Secretary Stepp, who likes to remind people that she’s a business owner and a hunter) can fill in wetlands in one part of the state provided they “create” another one somewhere else pull staff away from the DNR’s core mission of protecting the state’s resources..."

 
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Please join United In Defense of The #Water 02.07.13 #wimine #nomine- #IdleNoMore

Please join United In Defense of The #Water 02.07.13 #wimine #nomine- #IdleNoMore | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
Saving Lake Superior One Drop At A Time
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Idle No More's purpose is to protect the lands, and water ... which includes supporting our communities. Newly unveiled website and action organization in Wisconsin, "United in Defense of the Water ..." Please join them. 

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URGENT! The mining bill is going to the Assembly TOMORROW! Please join us! UNITED IN DEFENSE OF THE WATER. FIND information, inspiration, education, videos and facts to mobilize yourself and our friends and neighbors to protect the State waters from SB1/AB1 the new mining bill! Sign up and get daily updates of the progress and things you can do to help.

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Mining bill author admits it will cause environmental harm : adverse effects presumed necessary.

Mining bill author admits it will cause environmental harm : adverse effects presumed necessary. | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

But Sen. Tom Tiffany says wording changes in the legislation were designed to protect the state from a legal challenge. - “We are simply being honest,” Tiffany says. “There will be some impacts but they will be limited. Changing the word 'unnecessary' to 'necessary' lets the judge know it was the Legislature’s intent that there will be some adverse impacts."

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“The bill reflects the reality of mining. There are going to be some impacts to the environment above the iron ore body,” said Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst. “If the law is challenged and ends up in court, the judge needs to know it was the Legislature’s intent to allow adverse (environmental) impacts. That way, a judge can’t find fault if the environment is impacted.”

Tiffany made the admission after being asked Thursday in an interview with the Cap Times how Republicans could continue to claim the mining bill doesn't risk environmental harm when:

It specifically changes the wording of existing state permitting law from “significant adverse affects (to wetlands) are presumed to be unnecessary” to “significant adverse affects are presumed to be necessary.”Bill Williams, present of Gogebic Taconite, which is proposing a massive iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties, said in a recent Wisconsin State Journal article that as much as 30 to 40 percent of the 3,300 acres it is leasing could be covered by waste piles if it builds a $1.2 billion open-pit iron ore mine.The land above the rich vein of iron ore contains hundreds of acres of wetlands, numerous pristine trout streams and several small tributaries that feed into the Bad River. The Bad River wends its way to Lake Superior through the Bad River Indian Reservation, which includes culturally and economically significant rice beds.

“We are simply being honest,” Tiffany says. “There will be some impacts but they will be limited. Changing the word 'unnecessary' to 'necessary' lets the judge know it was the Legislature’s intent that there will be some adverse impacts.”

In a legal context, the wording change proves lawmakers knowingly passed a bill that they accepted would cause some harm to the environment, Tiffany adds, making it more difficult for a lawsuit to be successful on the grounds that a mining permit caused harm to the environment.


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Mining companies generally only work in the best interest of the shareholder, when will people wake up?

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Patty Loew: Ojibwe didn't protect wetlands for #wimine : #BadRiver #IdleNoMore Wis.

Patty Loew: Ojibwe didn't protect wetlands for #wimine : #BadRiver #IdleNoMore Wis. | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

Jobs. It's all about jobs. - Patty Loew, a member of the Bad River of Lake Superior Ojibwe, is a UW-Madison professor in the Department of Life Science Communication and a former producer for WHA-TV public television in Madison.

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Walker Blames Top Employer in Ashland County for Lack of Jobs

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Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative - Authentic News, Locally GrownWalker 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 straight. In the future, Dotty will be checking all Todd's articles just like she still checks to see if he washed behind his ears.]


AP stenographer Todd Richmond transcribes GTac CEO Bill Williams’ non-answers after the mining bill passed out of committee on 2/6/13.

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Holding journalism and journalist accountable to write and publish the stories of truth, and justice and not party-lined of politcs favorments. Great work Rebecca Kemble and Barbara With - well done!

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"Budget committee to take up Wis. mining bill" Gov. Walker & WI GOP offers GENOCIDE for the Ojibwes #IdleNoMore

"Budget committee to take up Wis. mining bill" Gov. Walker & WI GOP offers GENOCIDE for the Ojibwes #IdleNoMore | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s finance committee is poised to vote next week on a divisive bill that would overhaul Wisconsin’s iron mining regulations. ...
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Gov. Walker and Wisconsin's GOP is going to go down in History as another Broken Rainbow who destroyed the lives of the Ojibwe People, and Destroyed the Waters of Lake Superior. Goes beyond SHAME! They can stand with Sen. McCain (including Pres. Ford) who sold out and destroyed the Hop, and Navajo peoples for Coal and Uranium Mines. Semu Huaute, a Chumash Grandfather, belongs to the same generation as the famous “Rolling Thunder,” who he shared a big part of his life stated back in the 70's, where today, has caused climate changes, and water droughts and shortages. - HE CALLED IT OUT, and NOW WALKER and his GOP Members will play a role in our demise over a freakin mine, for money, which will lead to GENOCIDE!

 

Broken Rainbow - http://youtu.be/0iN3zdpdgvY

On December 1974 Congress passed Public Law 93-531 "The Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act". It authorized the partitioning of the Joint Use Area (JUA) and established the Navajo-Hopi. Indian Relocation Commission (NHIRC) which moved Navajo people from the reservation lands. Countless of the most traditionally and culturally intact Dineh (Navajo) people were forced to re-locate to cities like Shiprock and Tuba City.

 

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SKOL: Mining plan would hurt vital wetlands : Courierlifenews - #IdleNoMore #BadRiver #WATER #wimine

SKOL: Mining plan would hurt vital wetlands : Courierlifenews - #IdleNoMore #BadRiver #WATER #wimine | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
It’s easy for me to remember the date of a remarkable assignment I had as a young journalist — a guided tour of the Kakagon Sloughs during the wild rice harvest — because it was in the year Gretchen and I were married 44 years ago.
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The lands and water is vital source of LIFE, and SPIRIT. - Stop the maddness...that mine would lead to genocide.

 

"When the Kakagon Sloughs were named a wetland of international significance last year under the so-called Ramsar Treaty, Mike Wiggins, chairman of the Bad River Tribe, said: “Spiritually, the ‘place’ and everything it has, the clean water, the winged, the seasons, the rice and fish, connects us with our ancestors and the Creator. The sloughs sustain the physical well being of our community with foods such as wild rice, fish, cranberries, waterfowl, venison and medicines. From an Anishinabe (Chippewa) world-view perspective, the wetlands ecosystem is a tangible representation of our values of caring for the environment."

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I write to you from a far-off country...: for those saying the mining bill will "create jobs"

I write to you from a far-off country...: for those saying the mining bill will "create jobs" | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
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• The bill does nothing to guarantee that jobs will be created for Wisconsinites.
• The bill opens the entire state to mining and plays favorites by placing the needs of the mining industry above those of every other economic sector.
• The bill forces other businesses to subsidize mining companies’ profits.
• The bill does nothing to mitigate the boom-and-bust cycle that Wisconsin experienced during the early days of the timber industry and earlier mining enterprises.
• The bill exposes taxpayers to costly lawsuits.

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Mining at Any Price? | Rep. Fred Clark

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Mining at Any Price? No means, NO!

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Mining Company Deploys More Masked Militiamen Against "Eco-Terrorists"

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Welcome to the scary new world of mining in Scott Walker's Wisconsin.
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Mother Jones - Now its time to discuss what Wisconsin did to the environmental protections by relaxing them for the mining company by the Legislator, signed by Gov. Scott Walker - No more tourism, hunting and fishing, as mining drops like a ripple effect ... once there is one, its multipled by 10X - "Basically almost every environmental protection and public health protection you could think of is eliminated under this bill."

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Native News Update July 2, 2013 - Indian Country News

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Native News Update July 2, 2013 - From IndianCountryNews.net

Today's Stories: Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Chairman "Mic" Isham delivers his inaugural speech, Bad River tribal member Joe Rose talks about the environmental impact an open pit mine in northern Wisconsin would have on his reservation.

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News From Indian Country - "Today's Stories: Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Chairman "Mic" Isham delivers his inaugural speech, Bad River tribal member Joe Rose talks about the environmental impact an open pit mine in northern Wisconsin would have on his reservation."

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Penokees Read: The Leaching Effect - #wimine #nomine #penokee #WATER #BadRiver #IdleNoMore Wis.

Penokees Read: The Leaching Effect - #wimine #nomine #penokee #WATER #BadRiver #IdleNoMore Wis. | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

"There are rocks underground that can never come into contact with air and water. Their time in the light of day has either passed or is not meant to be. There are rocks in the ground that are home. Air and water are agents of change upon exposure with the spirit of some rocks. There are rocks in the ground that will bleed. The blood from an ancient spirit is powerful. So powerful that it will destroy just about everything that air and water love. The rock sends a message that the laws of Mother Nature have been broken."

 

"I took the jar full of leeches and salt and dumped it in the weeds back behind my house. When I dumped it on the ground I realized that the mass was, still, after all, a bunch of leeches. Misplaced, dead, leeches. We were just kids; we didn’t know any better."

 

"When these rocks come up, are dug up, they are ripped out of the ground. They will bleed sulfuric acid exposed to air and water. Their pulverized remains will be dumped in some wet, weedy area near their original home. There they will continue to bleed. The mass will still be, after all, a pulverized mess of rocks. Misplaced, dead, rocks. All rocks are on a journey to big water. Even rezboys know that."

 

Mike Wiggins Jr. is the tribal chairman for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

 
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A Penokees Primer - Protect #BadRiver #Penokees #WATER - #IdleNoMore Wis. #nomine #wimine

Get to know the Penokee Hills of Wisconsin. Mining interests are hoping to blast an open pit taconite mine into this water-rich landscape that includes the headwaters of the Bad River. Keep informed about this and other mining issues at ::

Facebook.com/TrustTheDocumentary, and, TrustTheDocumentary.com

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HANDS OFF! OUR GREAT LAKES REGION

BILL INTENTION OF HARM 
The Senate Admits in the Bill, Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst. “If the law is challenged and ends up in court, the judge needs to know it was the Legislature’s intent to allow adverse (environmental) impacts. That way, a judge can’t find fault if the environment is impacted.” - Senate passed party-line 17-16 to AB/SB1 on 02.27.13

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Mining Bill Fractures Community - #IdleNoMore Wis. #WCMC #BadRiver #WATER #nomine

Mining Bill Fractures Community - #IdleNoMore Wis. #WCMC #BadRiver #WATER #nomine | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative

Authentic News, Locally Grown

March 3, 2013  By Maureen Matusewic [Maureen Matusewic grew up in Hurley, Wisconsin, and recently moved back there.] 

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A Letter from Hurley: "Tell your mothers and your daughters and your granddaughters what you are going to do tonight. Show them this picture of the ice spike and tell them she is a turdsicle. Tell them about the coal plant and the clean water and how the Indians up here are subhuman like my neighbors do. Then tell them you hope other areas will be dynamited and destroyed as well. Tell them you are with Alberta Darling and everything she says."
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Proposed Wisconsin mining law: Economic boost or environmental blight? Its catastrophic! #IdleNoMore #BadRiver

Proposed Wisconsin mining law: Economic boost or environmental blight? Its catastrophic! #IdleNoMore #BadRiver | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
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The message is, "This is Wisconsin mining law: this could be coming to a town near you," Wiggins said last week. 

Given the unusual difficulty of mining in the Penokee area, where Wiggins said the iron ore is tilted and difficult to reach, requiring many tons of wasted rock, he has started to suspect that the mining industry is trying to score a victory in his remote, impoverished area of the state in order to gain a legal foothold for other future projects. 

Wiggins and Manley each spoke in Milwaukee this month to members of the Milwaukee Rotary Club. 

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Report: WI mining bill would slash money for environment

Report: WI mining bill would slash money for environment | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
New numbers show the controversial mining bill would mean taking away tens of millions of dollars that would otherwise be used for recycling and environmental protection.
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WAKE UP! - "The bill would reduce those fees to about 3 cents per ton. The report says the move means Gogebic Taconite wouldn't have to pay the state about $171 million annually it would otherwise owe."

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Ironwood: The Rocks of the Penokee Range | wisconsinacademy.org #IdleNoMore #BadRiver #WATER #wimine

Ironwood: The Rocks of the Penokee Range | wisconsinacademy.org #IdleNoMore #BadRiver #WATER #wimine | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it

Tom Fitz
Tom Fitz earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in geology with specialties in bedrock geology and earth history. Tom has been teaching at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, for twelve years, and he enjoys taking students into the field to explore rocks in the Lake Superior Region and in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming. His passion is reading rocks and sharing their stories.

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Comprehensive research and scientific study - this is concrete evidence, and the facts behind the proposed GTac mine in the Penokee Hills. 

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#IdleNoMore #BadRiver | Mike Wiggins speaks at Mining Hearing 02.09.13 - Ashland, WI

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#IdleNoMore #BadRiver | Mike Wiggins speaks at Mining Hearing 02.09.13 - Ashland, WI

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#IdleNoMore #BadRiver | Mike Wiggins speaks at Mining Hearing 02.09.13 - Ashland, WI

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#IdleNoMore | Keweenaw Bay Indians’ Fight Against Michigan Mine Detailed in Series | Save the Wild U.P. #WATER

#IdleNoMore | Keweenaw Bay Indians’ Fight Against Michigan Mine Detailed in Series | Save the Wild U.P.  #WATER | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
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As we talked last night Cecilia says, "Coming to the Shore Together," Keepers of the Water. - HAND OFF MICHICAN RIO TINTO.

 

Rio Tinto’s subsidiary, Kennecott, owns the mineral rights to 245,000 acres in Marquette County, Michigan, and has leased 5,500 acres of public land and 4,000 acres of mineral rights on privately held lands. With the Eagle Project, the company plans to invest $489 million to build the nickel and copper mine making it the primary nickel mine in the United States when construction is completed and production begins in 2013. They will be building an underground mine, surface facilities, rehabbing an existing mill and developing a multiuse access road.

 

They expect to mine 17,300 tons of nickel and 13,200 tons of copper annually for six years. Rio Tinto has been projected to make around three billion dollars in profit from the Eagle Project, and it is expected to take 90 percent of the value of the ore mined out of the community and state, according to a study on the risks and economics of the Eagle Project by the Wolf Pack, a group of 60 Michigan professionals that was founded in 2001 to help Michigan grow its economy while preserving its ecology.

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Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's curator insight, February 8, 2013 2:11 PM

Rio Tinto’s subsidiary, Kennecott, owns the mineral rights to 245,000 acres in Marquette County, Michigan, and has leased 5,500 acres of public land and 4,000 acres of mineral rights on privately held lands. With the Eagle Project, the company plans to invest $489 million to build the nickel and copper mine making it the primary nickel mine in the United States when construction is completed and production begins in 2013. They will be building an underground mine, surface facilities, rehabbing an existing mill and developing a multiuse access road.

 

They expect to mine 17,300 tons of nickel and 13,200 tons of copper annually for six years. Rio Tinto has been projected to make around three billion dollars in profit from the Eagle Project, and it is expected to take 90 percent of the value of the ore mined out of the community and state, according to a study on the risks and economics of the Eagle Project by the Wolf Pack, a group of 60 Michigan professionals that was founded in 2001 to help Michigan grow its economy while preserving its ecology.

 
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Mining reality check: Wisconsin Supreme Court feared filled wetlands' "forever" factor - JSOnline

Mining reality check: Wisconsin Supreme Court feared filled wetlands' "forever" factor  - JSOnline | IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN | Scoop.it
To no one's surprise, two legislative committees in Madison passed the industry-crafted, GOP-managed iron mining bill Wednesday.
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The Journal Sentinel noted that the bill would allow iron mine operators to fill some bodies of Wisconsin water with waste rock:

 

Republicans also adjusted the bill to limit the ability of mining companies to fill waterways, though Democrats said tougher protections were needed. A 2-acre pond could still be filled with rock, they said.

 

Hey, you say: We've got lots of water, right? A little fill here and there? What's two acres?

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