GTAC Being Made to Face Joint Mining Impact Committees May 8

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

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, the Town of Morse will host a question and answer session with officials from Gogebic Taconite (GTac) concerning the four-phase, 22-mile open pit taconite mine they plan to develop in Iron and Ashland Counties.

Wedsneday May 8, 2013
6 PM
Town of Morse Town Hall
Mellon, WI

According to an email from Save The Water’s Edge, an associate contacted the organization to inform them of the meeting taking place and that, “They are not planning to notify the public because ‘they do not want a lot of dumb questions.’”

As of Friday at 3 PM, Save The Water’s Edge reported that the Iron County Clerk’s office could not find a public posting for this meeting.

GTac was part of a similar public meeting in Hurley on Tuesday, April 23, when the Iron County Board held a tightly-controlled question and answer session with GTac.  Watch the entire meeting here.

Red Cliff Mining Task Force

Red Cliff Mining Task Force will hold a free public forum March 28, 4 PM – 7 PM at the Legendary Waters Casino in Red Cliff. The public is welcome

100_1002Invocation – Frank Montano

Lake Song – Richard Lafernier

Presentation on Federal Mining Permits in Minnesota – Sara Wroblewski (5 – 10 min)

History of Wisconsin Mining Bill – Chad Abel (5 min)

Overview of Proposed Penokee Mine – Jacob Maas (5 – 10 min)

Community Action: What you can do – Tony Corbine (5 – 10 min)

Blessing the Food – Leo Lafernier

MEAL – Hot turkey sandwiches, chips, potluck items and refreshments


Schedule Next Task Force Meeting with Community

Traveling Song – Richard Lafernier

Chequamegon Bay Water Walk, March 22, 2013

On March 22, 2013, 30 women and a few men set out from Bad River with water from the Tyler Forks River on their way to Red Cliff. The crowd at Legendary Waters Casino, who were celebrating Bad River and raising money for their legal defense fund to protect them from the mine, greeted the Water Walkers after the water was added to Lake Superior at sunset in a water ceremony.

video: Rebecca Kemble

2013 International Year of Water Cooperation


United Nation’s 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation

2013 has been declared the Year of International Water Cooperation by the United Nations. March 22, 2013 is World Water Day, when citizens of the world have a chance to commit to stand united in defense of the world’s water. In designating 2013 as the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, the UNGA recognizes that cooperation is essential to strike a balance between the different needs and priorities and share this precious resource equitably, using water as an instrument of peace. Promoting water cooperation implies an interdisciplinary approach bringing in cultural, educational and scientific factors, as well as religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic dimensions. Their website outlines the many action steps you can take to protect your water and the program taking place at the Hague .

Here in Northern Wisconsin, there is ample opportunity to protect our waters. March 22 will begin with a Water Walk from Bad River to Red Cliff. A fundraiser for Bad River, “Lighting the 7th Fire” is planned at the Legendary Waters Casino in Red Cliff that evening.

Please visit our What You Can Do page and take action today to protect Lake Superior from the potential of a 22-mile mountaintop removal open pit iron ore mine. Educate yourself on the issues, then help spread the word to others in your community and inspire them to take action to stand United in Defense of our Water.

Bear Witness

Sen. Tom Tiffany, the bill's sponsor told a Cap Times reporter that the bill is intended to allow the mining company to pollute and not have to be held accountable. It also covers his butt.

Sen. Tom Tiffany, the bill’s sponsor, told a Cap Times reporter that the bill is intended to allow the mining company to pollute and not have to be held accountable. It also covers him and the legislators who moved this forward in the fact of overwhelming public opposition. Photo: Rebecca Kemble

Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly takes up AB1, the mirror imagine of SB1, the destructive mining bill that opens the door to corporations taking over our water, land and natural resources.

It is a sad day in Wisconsin, as the Tea Party Republicans have more than enough votes to collude their majority into passing into law a bill that was opposed by a majority of the public, violates Federal Treaty Law and the Public Trust Doctrine, and puts our citizens and resources at risk by allowing mining companies to legally pollute and not be held accountable, as well as turning over local control to the mining company.

Those of us standing up to protect Lake Superior need to remember, this is not over. Just because they pass unjust and immoral laws, does not mean they have won. Court challenges will arise, and we will continue to work tirelessly to protect our homes, land, water, air, wild rice and our neighbors.

Watch all the “debate” here.

Keep writing your legislators. Write to the press and demand they cover the truth. Continue to educate your friends and neighbors on the horrors of this bill. Reach out to those who support a mine, show them the hard evidence that this will destroy our area, as well as all the waters of the state.

No matter what, know that standing up for our water is our duty. Nature has rights, but only humans can protect them or destroy them.

Which side are YOU on?