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All news articles will be displyed with dates and links.
August 3, 2015: La Pointe Iron Co., owner of the majority of the land leased to GTAC in the Penokee Hills, met with Iron County Board members to discuss the possibility of mining La Pointe Iron's land by a different company. "Official" plans would not begin until some time after this September, when the lease with GTAC expires, but meetings with Ashland County officials are also rumored to be planned before then. News article (La Crosse Tribune). Blogpost (Woods Person).
March 24, 2015: Pre-applications for mining activity withdrawn by GTAC from DNR (letter to DNR). Previously closed managed forest law (MFL) lands in the Penokees were also re-opened to public access.
Feb 14, 2013: WUWM poll reports public opinion re mine; Scroll down to the last few paras of Mitch Teich's segment on WUWM and mine opinions are reported as follows:"With mining legislation moving its way rapidly through the Wisconsin legislature, the poll also looked into how Wisconsinites prioritize competing economic and environmental concerns linked to a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin. There, too, the state’s divided nature came to the surface. Around eighty-five percent of the respondents expressed an opinion about the legislation itself – and those Wisconsinites were evenly split. So Cera and his survey team looked at the remaining fifteen percent. “We asked them which was the more important consideration – potential economic impact of the proposed mine, specifically up to 3,000 new jobs in the northern part of the state; or the potential environmental costs – air pollution and contamination of ground and surface water. And of the undecided people, sixty-two percent say the environmental costs are the more important consideration.” The Wisconsin Economic Scorecard poll was conducted between February 4-7, and the sampling margin of error was plus/minus 3.9 percent."
Feb 14, 2013: About Cline's problems with IL EPA
June 27th, 2012: Wisconsin Democrats object to mining vote
More Mining Information:
2012 Bad River Mining Flyer
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Gogebic Exploratory Drilling Map
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Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Position Statement On Proposed GTAC Iron Mine &
Proposed Iron Mining Legislation In Wisconsin
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Kakagon Sloughs & The Penokees