The Department of Natural Resources held its first public hearing on the Penokee Mine project Thursday. Hundreds of people showed up in Hurley.
People came from far and wide to voice strong opinions on the proposal. There were even a few speakers from the Navajo Nation in Arizona, and an Ashland, WI contingent actually biked the 40 miles to the hearing. Cyclist Michael McKenna says they wanted to their voices to be heard:
Members of the public have a chance to weigh in on an open pit mine proposal in Iron County next week.
The DNR is holding an info session and public hearing on August 15th in Hurley. Staff will provide details about Gogebic Taconite’s plan for bulk sampling, where the company would remove 4-thousand tons of rock for analysis. DNR mining spokesperson Ann Coakley says the hearing will also cover GTac’s overall mining plan…which has been submitted to the DNR in a preapplication.
Iron County residents have a chance to brush up on their understanding of local zoning ordinances that regulate mining. The Iron County Citizen’s Forum is hosting speaker George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Foundation and former secretary of the state’s Department of Natural Resources. Terry Daulton with the Iron County Citizen’s Forum says it will help inform people about how communities deal with mining activities.