Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes are organizing a conference on economic alternatives to mining January 7-9.
Red Cliff Mining Resources Specialist Sandy Gokee says the tribes are inviting specialists to talk about the impacts of iron mining, as well as explore the potential of other economic drivers.
“We wanted them to share their knowledge about the effects of mining. Viable alternatives to extraction, cultural knowledge; because we wanted to kind of bring it all together with our native world view.”
Native American Activist Winona LaDuke is speaking out against a proposal for an iron mine in the Penokee Range.
LaDuke holds degrees in economic development from Harvard and Antioch Universities. She says she doesn’t buy the argument that the mine is needed to create jobs.
“It’s absolutely not true. The fact is that it’s a short-term economic gain for a few people and a corporation with the rest of us paying all of the externality expenses. So what I’m saying that their math is bad.”
A film about a proposed mine in the Penokee Range is screening around the state and in northern Wisconsin.
Milwaukee-based 371 Productions produced the film for Al Jazeera America’s investigative series Fault Lines.
The half-hour documentary looks at how Gogebic Taconite’s iron mine would impact the environment and the livelihoods of people in northern Wisconsin, and raises questions about the democratic process and the passage of the state’s new ferrous mining bill.
Governor Scott Walker says he hopes the EPA won’t intervene based on political reasons to stop an iron mine permitting process from moving forward.
Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes have asked the federal agency to step in before the state DNR or the Army Corps of Engineers reviews a proposed mine in the Penokee Hills. The tribes say water quality and fisheries protected by treaty rights are at stake.
Stopping in Rhinelander today, Governor Walker said state laws offer strong environmental protections.
Controversy over a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin will get some national attention this weekend, when a documentary on the topic airs on Al Jazeera America’s investigative program Fault Lines.
Milwaukee-based 371 Productions filmed and edited the piece over the past nine months.
Producers made a series of trips to northern Wisconsin to look at the impact an iron mine could have on tourism and natural resources.
Almost 400 people attended a forum hosted by Science on Tap on the proposed Penokee Mine project.
A panel of six speakers discussed the facts and context of an iron mine that Gogebic Taconite wants to build in the Penokee Range.
Panelists included Northland College Geology Professor Tom Fitz who detailed the different rock formations in the region. Other experts spoke about the economics and job creation associated with mining, the technologies of mine waste management, and the characteristics of the Bad River watershed.