Walk To The Drill Site Saturday June 15th, 1 PM Penokee Hills

Tyler Fork River  Photo: Rebecca Kemble

Tyler Fork River Photo: Rebecca Kemble

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Walk to the Drill Site
In the Penokee Hills, East of Mellen, Wisconsin
Saturday, June 15th at 1:00 p.m.

Contact: Frank Koehn, Penokee Hills Education Project, 218-341-8822

http://www.penokees.org

Please join your friends and neighbors on a walk to the GTAC drill site in the Penokee Hills, June 15th, Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Exploratory drilling in the Penokee Hills, which is now underway, has been permitted by the DNR over specific objections from local citizens and the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

This walk is an opportunity to safely observe what test drilling looks like, firsthand, and to see how it impacts a pristine landscape. The walk will take place on lands that are open to the public, and the Penokee Hills Education Project encourages all walkers to obey the law and practice non-violence. The walk is approximately three miles through fairly hilly terrain; be sure to bring your camera and bug spray! Persons of all ages are invited.

Directions: From Mellen, take Highway 77 east. Enter into Iron County and at approx. 8.75 miles from Mellen, turn right on Moore Park Road. Follow the road until you reach the “Road Closed” signs. Park on the RIGHT side of the road only.

The Penokee Hills are targeted by Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) for mountain top removal mining. This process would pulverize a 22-mile strip of the Penokee Hills and would release contaminants such as mercury, arsenic, other heavy metals, sulfates, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides into the air and water. The polluted water would flow throughout the watershed, into the Bad River, threatening 40% of the wetlands in the Lake Superior Basin and sensitive ecosystems essential for the survival of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior. The proposed mine would likely contaminate the drinking water for thousands of people living in Ashland and Bayfield Counties.

No taconite mine has ever operated without causing serious pollution.

The Penokee Hills Education Project was formed to educate the public about risks to the Bad River watershed and the Penokee Hills posed by GTAC’s mountaintop removal mine; to share relevant information about the impact of mining on our economy, health, and environment; and to connect with citizen-led groups locally, statewide, and nationally.

LCO Harvest Camp Updates June 10, 2013

camp2Four eagle feathers were tied to the cedar pole that was prepared to be used as an entry flagstaff to the LCO Harvest Camp in the Penokee Mountain Heritage Park. It was talked for by elder Joe Rose of Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, with the help of his son, Joe Dan, veteran Gary Quarderer and Paul DeMain. Joe Rose spoke about the 7th fire prophecy concerning the choice offered between following a hard path onto unlimited technological development versus a softer path away from the egocentric cash economy and towards clean water, air and wilderness. He reiterated that the Penokee mine will not be built, and that we will use any means necessary to stop it.

Joe Rose’s grandson Jackson ran around the camp and the woods nearby. Several neighbors stopped in for a cup of coffee and talk to find out who was living in these woods. They were invited to observe the ceremony conducted in a traditional way to open the gates of the camp with the symbol of a nearby family, clan and tribe living there now.

camp1Everyone gathered to ask the spirit of all living things to watch over everybody, even Bill Williams, that guy who wants to destroy Heritage Park, the guy who needs the most help of all. Everyone, including our neighbors, put their hands on the pole as it was raised to the roar of shouts announcing that we are here to stay. A moment none of us will forget for some time.

gardenThree different gardens have been planted at the camp. All are looking great. Everything from tomatoes to tobacco to ancient squash are leafing out in three sites!

The groundwork for building the structure that will eventually hold the collection for the Museum of Caucasian Existence in the Penokee Mountain Heritage Park is in the planning. Students from LCO Youth Camp will be coming up July 8th to help clear the foundation of the old school (Moore Park School) now re-named Skulan U. It will be used for a shelter and instructional facilities again.

Afterwards, we shared the fire, deer meat, wild onions, wild rice and swamp tea. It was a beautiful close to a weekend in Harvest Camp.

To join in protecting the Penokee Hills and waters, send a tax-deductible donation to:
Penokee Hill Education Project
P.O. Box 834
Ashland, WI 54806

Or

Defend the Bad River
P.O. Box 39
Odanah, WI 54861

Donate online at http://www.badriver-nsn.gov

Contributors: Paul DeMain, Nick Vander Puy, Ros Nelson

ACTION ALERT: Meeting Thursday June 6, 2013 Penokee Hills Education Project Office

GTac engineer Tim Myers, lobbyist Bob Seitz and CEO Bill Williams in front of the Iron County Board. Photo: Rebecca Kemble

GTac engineer Tim Myers, lobbyist Bob Seitz and CEO Bill Williams in front of the Iron County Board. Photo: Rebecca Kemble

With the knowledge that GTAC intends to drill exploratory holes in the very near future, according to their, “Notice of Intent to Drill,” on the DNR website dated May 31st, an action meeting is necessary to devise and discuss further plans.

Everyone is invited attend this meeting tonight, Thursday June. 6th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Penokee Hills Education Project in Ashland, 616 Main Street.

Exploratory Drilling to Begin in the Penokees

Top: The Penokee Hills, target of the 22-mile mountaintop removal open pit iron ore mine at the headwaters of the Bad River; Bottom: a mine in northern Minnesota showing the same area of devastation mining has caused there.

Top: The Penokee Hills, target of the 22-mile mountaintop removal open pit iron ore mine at the headwaters of the Bad River; Bottom: a mine in northern Minnesota showing the same area of devastation mining has caused there.

Exploratory drilling into the largest deposit of iron ore in North America could begin as soon as Saturday in northern Wisconsin’s Penokee Range.

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Though GTAC spokesperson Bob Seitz says he does not expect protests, the LCO Harvest Camp is located near to the drill sites. After being lied to on so many occasions by the Wisconsin fascists and the mining company, we will not believe what they claim they have removed from the hills. Unless there is oversight by outside parties, which there won’t be, their drilling may not coincide with what they actually find.
In other words, we are prepared for them to present false information, as they have all along the process.

This is reason enough to protest their drilling.

Join us at Harvest Camp. Bring a tent and get ready to stand strong to protect the water.