If legislators seriously listened to public testimony, and local leaders, the mining bill would be going nowhere:
Mike Wiggins Jr., Bad River tribal chairman, said the mine would threaten the wild rice beds at the mouth of the Bad River on Lake Superior because of sulfide that could be produced by mine waste piles, and also because of silt from earth and ground-up stone.
Larry McDonald, the mayor of Bayfield, also warned of potential damage to Lake Superior.
“Do no harm to Lake Superior,” McDonald said. “Don’t screw it up. We get only one shot at this.”