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.
The popular science conversation series Science on Tap takes a different approach this week in tackling a controversial topic. Instead of hosting one speaker at a brewpub, it’s assembled a panel at a large venue to discuss the proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills.
Organizer Tim Kratz says since the program began, people have been asking for a program about the Penokee Mine.
Gogebic Taconite has indicated it plans to drill more holes in the Penokee Range this summer, though the DNR says the company hasn’t yet applied for the needed permission.
DNR hydrologist and mining project lead Larry Lynch says the DNR must first grant a license for any exploratory drilling.
“So in order to get that they have to give us the locations of the holes, what their target depths might be, how they intend to maintain the site, handle stormwater…basically give us a good description of what they intend to do.”
The Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp celebrated its one-year anniversary this weekend.
On Saturday, April 26th, a group of about thirty people gathered in Iron County to feast on pancakes and locally produced maple syrup they call “Penokee Gold.”
Paula Mohan came from Madison for the event.
“I wanted to come for the pancakes and the Penokee Gold and all the other food and the fact that it is the one year anniversary," Mohan said. "I was last here in February and it’s kind of nice to be here because it is not twenty below and there are no bugs yet."