Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Proposed Wisconsin Iron Mine Operator Facing IL Pollution Claims

The same corporate group allowed to write the iron mine bill pending in the Wisconsin Assembly, and that plans to open a massive open pit mine at the Bad River headwaters in Northwest Wisconsin will have its coal mine operation in Illinois referred to the Attorney General there over continuing ground water pollution, the Journal Sentinel is reporting.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency formally notified Macoupin Energy in December that it believes the company is dragging its feet with the cleanup at the Shay 1 mine in Carlinville, Ill., according to government documents.

The agency said it plans to refer the case to the Illinois Attorney General.

Macoupin is one of four mines owned in Illinois by billionaire Christopher Cline, who is proposing to build a $1.5 billion iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties if the Wisconsin Legislature rewrites mining laws to the company's satisfaction.


Anony Too said...

And they have a horrible safety record to boot!

But. . . this, as with everything else related to the mining legislation free-for-all, will be thoroughly ignored by our state legislature, in their childish eagerness to please their masters.

Max B said...

THIS is why we need strong mining regulation in Wisconsin, such as the mining laws currently on the books, not the sham mining law that permits everything and prevents nothing.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Did I tell you? The extraction industry NEVER lives up to their promises.

Anonymous said...

Not a problem!!!
Their environmental/safety and every other kind of record will be spotless once they get to WI -
there aren't any laws here left for them to break!!