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Enbridge Mainline Abandonment info meeting | MN?>

Monday, October 19, 2015, 1pm | Chucker Auditorium, Davies Hall, Itasca Community College, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Join Honor the Earth, Winona LaDuke and Itasca College for this informational meeting on the proposal by the Enbridge company to abandon Line 3. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Nationally there are increasing concerns on the liability to local land owners, and county and city governments about abandoned pipelines. Much of the nation’s infrastructure (pipelines, gas mains, roads, water treatment systems) are old, outdated, and crumbling. When this infrastructure is a hazardous materials pipeline with over 900 integrity anomalies (as is the case in Line 3), the local community needs to know the pipeline is not leaving a contamination legacy.”

For more information contact Winona LaDuke, winonaladuke1@gmail.com,

or Teresa Alto, Teresa.Alto@Itascacc.edu

and, www.honorearth.org

 

Enbridge Mainline Abandonment info meeting | MN?>

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7pm | American Indian Resource Center, 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #21, Bemidji, MN 56601

Join Honor the Earth and Bemidji State University for this informational meeting on the proposal by the Enbridge company to abandon Line 3. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Nationally there are increasing concerns on the liability to local land owners, and county and city governments about abandoned pipelines. Much of the nation’s infrastructure (pipelines, gas mains, roads, water treatment systems) are old, outdated, and crumbling. When this infrastructure is a hazardous materials pipeline with over 900 integrity anomalies (as is the case in Line 3), the local community needs to know the pipeline is not leaving a contamination legacy.”

For more information contact Winona LaDuke, winonaladuke1@gmail.com,

or Jordan Morgan, Jordan.Morgan@live.bemidjistate.edu

and, www.honorearth.org

 

Enbridge Mainline Abandonment info meeting | WI?>

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 11am | The Great Room , Yellowjacket’s Union Hall, University of Wisconsin, 1605 Catlin Ave., Superior, WI 54880

Join Honor the Earth, Debra Topping and Korey Northrup for this informational meeting on the proposal by the Enbridge company to abandon Line 3. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Nationally there are increasing concerns on the liability to local land owners, and county and city governments about abandoned pipelines. Much of the nation’s infrastructure (pipelines, gas mains, roads, water treatment systems) are old, outdated, and crumbling. When this infrastructure is a hazardous materials pipeline with over 900 integrity anomalies (as is the case in Line 3), the local community needs to know the pipeline is not leaving a contamination legacy.”

For more information contact Winona LaDuke, winonaladuke1@gmail.com,

or Debra Topping & Korey Northrup, 218.721.2748, or 906.235.9865

and, www.honorearth.org

 

New Bill Would Update 1872 Law?>

The Hardrock Mining Reform and Reclamation Act of 2015 was introduced on February 13th by House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3). The bill would rewrite the 1872 law governing the mining of gold, copper, uranium and other hardrock minerals on federally managed lands.

Read the full Earthworks article at, http://www.earthworksaction.org/media/detail/grijalva_bill_wound_end_billions_in_mining_giveaways_protect_communities_sc#.VN-u8vnF98H

Support The Bad River – Write to the EPA?>

Led by The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, six bands of the Anishinaabeg Territory have sent a letter to the EPA asking them to undertake a 404c process, which would allow them to pre-emptively stop the open pit taconite mine proposed for the Penokee Hills of Wisconsin because of the importance of the resources that it threatens. Letters of support are needed from the public. The letters will be hand delivered to the EPA when the tribes meet with Region 5 Director, Dr. Susan Hedman.

You can find  a sample letter here.

Please send your letters to Bad River by Friday, August 15, 2014.

You can e-mail your letter to CommDir@badriver-nsn.gov

Or, mail a hard copy to

Mark Anthony Rolo, Bad River Legal Department, PO Box 39, Odanah, Wi 54861

For more information visit, www.protectpenokeehills.org/

Grassroots Organizing Bootcamp | MI?>

Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25, 2014 | Marquette, MI

May 24, 2014, 10am-5pm

May 25, 2014, 11am-6pm

Presenters: Michelle Halley, Chuck Brumleve, Kathleen Heideman, Alexandra Thebert, and others.

Hosted by Save the Wild U.P., this 2-day training will focus on the science, problems, and policy of sulfide mining and effective ways to advocate for your community.

Space is limited for this free training. RSVP is required.

RSVP via email at, rsvp@savethewildup.org

or call (906) 662-9987

For additional information visit SWUP’s event page at, www.facebook.com/events/1420318161565925

Public Comment Period Open for Northshore Mining | MN?>

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announces their intent to issue an air emissions permit to Cliffs Natural Resources for their facility at 10 Outer Dr., Silver Bay, MN.

Public Comment Period Begins: May 3, 2014

Public Comment Period Ends: June 2, 2014

“This permit action is for modification and operation of the facility. The permit action is a major amendment; therefore the draft/proposed permit has been placed on public notice. The MPCA is seeking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) concurrent review of this draft/proposed permit and the EPA 45-day review period will begin with the 30-day public review period. The draft/proposed permit does not authorize any emissions increases.”

For the full text of this announcement and information on how to submit your comments, click here.

For more information on this and other MPCA notices visit, www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/public-notices/list.html

American Indian Sovereignty & Resource Management | WI?>

April 7-8, 2014 | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53201

The Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will host this two day conference on American Indian Sovereignty and Resource Management.

Speakers |

Bad River Tribal speakers include Michael Wiggins, Jr., Bad River Tribal Chairman, Edith Leoso, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Aurora Conley, Vice-Chairperson-Anishinabe Environmental Protection Alliance, Jill Hartlev, Adolescent Life-Skills Coordinator, Jo Rose Sr., Tribal Elder, Mary Lou Salawater, Tribal Elder

Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal speakers include Fred Ackley, Tribal Elder, Frances Van Zile, Tribal Elder, Robert Van Zile, Ojibwe instructor, Indian Community School, Tina Van Zile, Environmental Director at Sokaogon Chippewa Community

The Conference is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

For more information and a complete schedule visit the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee website.

Or contact, carym@uwm.edu

Mining & Local Communities | WI?>

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7pm | Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Sentry Rm, Northland College, 1411 Ellis Ave., Ashland, WI

Speakers: Roy Smith and Bob Tammen

In this panel presentation, Roy Smith, director of workforce development for the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board located in Eveleth, Minn., will present “Developing a Mining Workforce: The Economic Benefits of Mining Communities.”

Bob Tammen, former mineral company employee on Minnesota Mesabi Iron Range and community activist will present “Environmental Impacts in Mining Communities.” Tammen is a retired electrician and a resident of Soudan, Minn., a former mining town. He lives near a porposed copper mine site on the Minnesota Iron Range.

This presentation is part of the institutes 2014 Perspectives on Mining Series. The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute works with Northland College and regional partners to promote stewardship, identify opportunities, deliver educational programs, and facilitate solutions that address environmental issues throughout the North Country.

For more information visit the institute’s website, www.northland.edu/sigurd-olson-environmental-institute-overview.htm

or contact Jean Ayers at, jayers@northland.edu

Residents File Suit Against WI DNR Over GTac Rock Sampling?>

Eight Wisconsin residents have filed suit against the Wisconsin DNR claiming that mining company Gogebic Taconite needed a permit before it began exploratory excavations in the Penokee Hills. Milwaukee attorney Dennis Grzezinski filed the suit Monday, March 10, 2014, in Iron County Circuit Court.

“The lawsuit argues the Department of Natural Resources’ failure to require Gogebic Taconite to obtain a storm water permit resulted in no safeguards to reduce potential pollution as snow melt and rain runs off excavation debris. The lawsuit demands a judge declare a permit is necessary and order the DNR to force Gogebic Taconite to mitigate any environmental damage.” (Wisconsin State Journal)

To read the full Wisconsin State Journal, article by Todd Richmond, click here.

To read the BusinessNorth.com article, by Mike Simonson, click here.

 

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