I posted the question at the newspaper's Purple Wisconsin blog site, and repeat it here:
Democratic amendments to the mining bill aimed at assuring public health, clean water and meaningful citizen involvement in mine permitting have and continue to go down to swift and one-sided partisan defeat in the GOP-controlled Joint Committee on Finance, State Senate and now in the State Assembly.
What's coming, for Wisconsin, is a massive open-pit iron mine larger than any excavation in the history of the state likely to leak sulphuric acid as it replaces hills and wetlands at the edge of a water-based, rice-growing Ojibwe reservation near Ashland.
|Bad River, WI, headwaters. Photo by Pete Rasmussen|
|Open-pit mining, Kalgoorie, WA|
So on the cusp of the bill's approval today, I wonder what the editorial board of this newspaper will have to say tomorrow in light of the paper's reasoned admonition to legislators on legislative process a couple of weeks ago about a two-session charade that saw pro-mining campaign donations pour into the Capitol, and that began with industry influences behind doors closed to other stakeholders?As the paper said:
"...and there's a good chance some legislators will attempt to add more safeguards. They deserve a fair hearing; we hope the Republican majority - which has made this measure its No. 1 priority in jobs bills - doesn't rush the bill through at the expense of sound amendments."