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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/

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

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.

 

Exploring Geology & Engineering in a Mining Economy | WI?>

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 7pm (CT) | Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Sentry Rm, Northland College, 1411 Ellis Ave., Ashland, WI

Speakers: Donald Fosnacht and George Hudak

Two scientists from the University of Minnesota-Duluth will discuss the environmental, scientific, and economic aspects of iron and metallic mining in the Lake Superior basin. Donald Fosnacht and George Hudak of the Natural Resources Research Institute at University of Minnesota-Duluth in Duluth, Minn. will focus on unique geological formations that are driving the mining boom and how modern mines are engineered to extract and process ores into raw materials.

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

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

Mine Dewatering and Groundwater Levels?>

Mine Dewatering and Groundwater Levels

INFOgraphic | How mine dewatering affects groundwater levels. | Groundwater flows from aquifers into the ore pit, reducing the quantity of water available to local springs and wells. The size of the area affected by this drawing off of the groundwater is determined by the area’s geology and hydrology.

Public Hearing on GTac Bulk Sampling Activity | WI?>

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, 10am-8pm | Hurley High School, 5503 W. Range View Drive, Hurley, WI

Contact(s): Ann Coakley, DNR Waste and Materials director – 608-516-2492.

The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public informational hearing August 15 on the proposed bulk sampling activity and the preapplication notice to mine at Gogebic Taconite’s potential mining project near Mellen, Wisconsin. To read the complete WDNR statement click here.

The hearing will be a public informational hearing, where individuals can provide oral or written comments as well as learn about the proposed bulk sampling activity and the preapplication description of the potential mine project. Any member of the public may submit written comments on the proposed bulk sampling activity or the preapplication description of the potential mining project through September 3, 2013.

Agency staff will provide a brief summary of the available information about the bulk sampling and DNR approvals needed by Gogebic Taconite. These informational presentations will be at 10 am and 5 pm. The department will also provide a summary of the steps that must be followed prior to the submission of a mining application for the project.

To read the DNR response to GTac’s initial bulk sampling application, click here.

To read GTac’s response to the DNR’s comments on their application, click here.

To read additional documents, or to sign up for email alerts on this project, click here.

Public Comment Period Open on GTac Bulk Sampling Activity | WI?>

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has announced the opening of a public comment period on the proposed bulk sampling activity and the preapplication notice to mine at Gogebic Taconite’s potential mining project near Mellen, Wisconsin.

Public Comment Period Begins: Aug. 1, 2013

Public Comment Period Ends: Sept. 3, 2013

Any member of the public may submit written comments on the proposed bulk sampling activity or the preapplication description of the potential mining project. To read the complete WDNR statement click here.

Comments may be submitted via mail to: Larry Lynch, DNR, 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53707

or by e-mail to: DNRWAMINING-GOGEBICTACONITE@Wisconsin.gov.

To read the DNR response to GTac’s initial bulk sampling application, click here.

To read GTac’s response to the DNR’s comments on their application, click here.

To read additional documents, or to sign up for email alerts on this project, click here.

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