Mining

Environment
5:51 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Mining 4: Scientific Perspectives

Momentum to streamline Wisconsin’s mine permitting process is rocketing ahead.

This week, to accelerate Senate action, Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald disbanded a bipartisan mining jobs committee - sending the Assembly’s bill to the budget committee.

It will hold a hearing Friday at the Capital, with a potential Senate vote next week.

Supporters of the faster permitting process say northern Wisconsin needs the jobs an iron ore mine would bring.

Critics insist the state needs time to study whether the operation would irreparably harm the environment.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited the region to gather residents’ views. She now concludes her series by chatting with researchers on the scene using what they know to predict how a strip mine might affect a pristine watershed.

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Environment
6:17 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Mining 3: Dissenting Voices

Pete Rasmussen outside his home

Environmental groups are not any happier with a new Senate mining bill, than with legislation the Assembly passed weeks ago.

Advocates of streamlined regulations want to pave the way for an open pit iron mine just south of Lake Superior.

People who live nearby have mixed opinions.

Yesterday we spoke with residents who support mining because of the hundreds of jobs it would create.

Today, WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence steps into the Penokee Range where some people hope to stop or at least slow the process.

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Environment
5:56 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Mining 2: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Terry Peters owns a logging business in Mellen

A state lawmaker revealed a much-anticipated iron mining bill Monday. It’s still in draft form.
Senator Neal Kedzie of Elkhorn wants the Select Committee on Mining Jobs, which he heads - along with the public - to comment on both the preliminary document as well as a mining bill the Assembly passed last month.

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Environment
5:27 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Special Mining Committee Holds First Hearing

Where the Bad River meets Lake Superior - north of proposed iron ore mine.

Weeks have passed since Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald named a seven-member committee to suggest ways of streamlining the state’s mining rules. Momentum for change stems from an untouched stash of iron ore in northern Wisconsin. Proponents of the project say it promises employment in a job-starved region.Critics fear an intricate web of streams and wetlands that feed into Lake Superior would suffer irreparable impact.

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