Monday, January 16, 2017

WI GOP's pollution caucus again hugs mining interests

Informative op-ed by long-time Wisconsin conservation advocates Al Gedicks and Dave Blouin about a fresh effort by GOP environmental despoilers to kill long-standing rules placed into law with bi-partisan support by which toxic metallic mining can take place in Wisconsin:
The company with the most to gain from repealing the mining moratorium is Aquila Resources, a Canadian exploration company that owns the controversial Back Forty metallic sulfide mine proposal adjacent to the Menominee River that forms the border between Wisconsin and Michigan and flows into Green Bay.
The proposed mine threatens pollution of the Menominee River and the desecration of multiple burial sites and mounds within the mine site sacred to the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. Aquila also owns two metallic sulfide deposits in Wisconsin: the Bend deposit in Taylor County and the Reef deposit in Marathon County.
Not the first time that far-right Wisconsin GOP legislators like State Sen. Tom Tiffany 
Picture of Senator Thomas Tiffany
have found a way to target both the land and the state's original residents whose water and environmental stewardship time and again have bailed out the state from absolutely awful special-interest machinations.

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