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Eagle Mine Groundwater Permit Workshop | MI?>

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6pm (EST) | Peter White Public Library, Lower Level, classroom 3, Marquette, MI 49849

speakers: Jeffery Loman and Michelle Halley

In preparation for the MDEQ public hearing on March 25th, Save the Wild UP will host a permit workshop. Speakers will discuss the new draft groundwater discharge permit proposed for the Eagle Mine (in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) and its impact on your lakes, lands, and communities.

For more information visit the SWUP event page at, www.facebook.com/events/266237580207080/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Meet One on One with Gogebic Taconite | WI?>

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | Multiple locations listed below. All times are CDT

Gogebic Taconite will be meeting one on one with concerned citizens regarding their proposed taconite mine in the Penokee Hills. Meetings will take place at five locations throughout the region. To schedule a meeting call Gogebic Taconite’s Hurley office at 715-561-2601.

7-8:15am | Schienenbeck’s Shanty, 309 S. 5th St., Butternut, WI 54514

9:15-10:30am | Vaughn Library, 502 Main St., W. Ashland, WI 54806

12:30-1:45pm | Joany’s Sidekick’s-Iron Belt, Wisconsin 77, Iron Belt, WI 54536

2:45-4pm | Gogebic Taconite Office, 402 Silver St., Hurley, WI 54534

5-6:15pm | Subway, 5116 US 51, Mercer, WI 54547

Stop the Mine! Bad River Panel Discussion | MN?>

Friday, March 14, 2014, 6-8pm (CT) | William Mitchell College of Law, Auditorium, St. Paul, MN 55105

Gogebic Taconite is proposing the world’s largest open-pit taconite mine just upstream from the Bad River reservation. This area holds some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the Upper Midwest, yet the Wisconsin legislature has changed the state’s mining laws to accommodate the project.

Join attorneys and representatives from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to learn more about the proposed mine, how the Band plans to respond, and what you can do to help protect your Great Lakes and her people.

For more information visit the event Facebook page at, www.facebook.com/events/1379162269024279/

Treaty Rights & Mining: An Overview | WI?>

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 7pm | Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Sentry Rm, Northland College, 1411 Ellis Ave., Ashland, WI

Speaker: Ann McCammon-Soltis, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

Eleven federally-recognized Ojibwe tribes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota have reserved hunting, fishing and gathering rights in territories ceded to the United States through treaties. No state may take away tribal treaty rights, nor allow the destruction of treaty-protected resources such as land or water. So, how are treaty rights affected by human activities such as mining?

Ann McCammon-Soltis, director of the Division of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Director will provide an overview of Treaty Rights and Mining.

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

Public Comment Period & Hearing on Eagle Mine Discharge Permit | MI?>

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6pm | Westwood High School, 300 S. Westwood Dr., Ishpeming, MI 49849

Contact: Ms. Jeanette Bailey, 517-284-5571.

Public Comment Period Ends: April 1, 2014

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be conducting a Public Hearing to receive formal public comment on the reissuance of a Groundwater Discharge Permit for the Eagle Mine. The draft permit will authorize the discharge of a maximum 504,000 gallons per day (184,000,000 gallons per year) of mine contact water only to the ground and groundwater from their discharge areas. (MDEQ press release) Oral presentations will be limited to 5 minutes.

Additional public comments will be accepted until April 1, 2014. Comments should be submitted to: Department of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division, Permits Section, P.O. Box 30458, Lansing, Michigan 48909

To view the Groundwater Discharge Permit Application visit the MDEQ website here.

For more information and an analysis of the application visit the Save the Wild UP website here.

Save the Wild UP Open House | MI?>

Saturday, Feb., 22, 2014, 4-6pm | Java by the Bay, 10 N. Main St., L’Anse, MI 49946

Save the Wild U.P. is committed to protecting the unique culture and environment of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Join SWUP on Saturday, February 22nd to learn more about their work and how to get involved!

Speakers will include former federal oil regulator Jeffery Loman, SWUP President Kathleen Heideman, and SWUP Executive Director Alexandra Thebert.

For more information visit SWUP on Facebook at, www.facebook.com/events/279228038899797/

Author Craig Childs to Speak at Northland College?>

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 7pm | Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College, Ashland, WI

The 2013 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) recipient, Craig Childs, will accept his award and give a public presentation on his winning book, Apocalyptic Planet, Field Guide to the Everending Earth at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. Chosen from 56 submissions,  “Apocalyptic Planet,” recounts Childs’ field trips to nine different global locations currently experiencing the same major environmental disruptions that occurred during periods of mass extinctions—places that Childs describes as “the most desolate, phenomenal and downright strange parts of the world.”

For more information contact, Paula Bonk at, pbonk@northland.edu, or visit, www.northland.edu/calendar.htm#sthash.14Ql2UGK.dpuf

Public Hearings on Polymet Northmet Project | MN?>

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 5-10pm | DECC – Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, 350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 5-10pm | Mesabi East High School, 601 N 1st St W, Aurora, MN 55705

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 5-10pm | Saint Paul River Centre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55102

Three public information meetings will be held regarding the Polymet Northmet Project, Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Forest Service are seeking public review and input on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Public Comment Period Begins: Dec. 14, 2013

Public Comment Period Ends: March 13, 2014

For the full text of this announcement, a copy of the SDEIS, fact sheets and information on how to submit your comments, visit the MDNR website at, www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/polymet/index.html.

For additional information on the hearings click here.

Public Comment Period Open for Polymet Northmet | MN?>

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Forest Service are seeking public review and input on the Supplementary Draft Environmental Impact Statement for The Ploymet Northmet Project. The comprehensive environmental analysis of Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine has been released for public review and input.

Public Comment Period Begins: Dec. 14, 2013

Public Comment Period Ends: March 13, 2014

Public hearings will be held. For the full text of this announcement, a copy of the SDEIS, fact sheets and information on how to submit your comments, visit the MDNR website at, www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/polymet/index.html.

Keweenaw Copper (Highland Copper) Public Briefings | MI?>

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 7-8:30pm | Calumet High School Commons Area, Calumet, MI
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 7-8:30pm | Houghton High School Multipurpose Room, Houghton, MI

Contact: Friends of the Land of Keweenaw (FOLK) at, info@folkup.org

In 2012 Highland Copper Company, a Canadian mining corporation, through its U.S. subsidiary Keweenaw Copper Company began a mining project in Keweenaw County.  Test drilling is underway to determine the potential value of the ore body at two sites. Public briefings will be held at the dates and locations above.

For more information on the proposed project visit the Friends of the Land of Keweenaw (FOLK) website at, www.folkminingeducation.info/

To read FOLK’s fact sheet, click here.

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