This week, Wisconsin’s divisive mining bill will hit the Assembly floor and its likely path to Gov. Walker’s desk.
Advocates celebrate the boost a mine could bring to a beleaguered economy. Critics maintain the environmental damage would outweigh the benefits.
It seems no matter where and when hearings have taken place, someone has uttered the word litigation or lawsuit. We explore the types of legal challenges Wisconsin will likely face, if workers begin digging to reach iron ore near Lake Superior, and depositing “the leftovers” nearby.
Democratic Senator Bob Jauch described the GOP-backed measure as a lawsuit waiting to happen. “The fact of the matter is that the only jobs this bill is going to create, is the attorneys who will take this bill to court as soon as one navigable stream or one navigable pond is filled,” Jauch says.