LETTER: Mining laws should put environment firstTo the Telegram: State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced recently that a special committee will be formed in the senate for “reviewing mining legislation.”
To the Telegram:
State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced recently that a special committee will be formed in the senate for “reviewing mining legislation.” This announcement comes just four months after a bill to roll back environmental standards on mining in northern Wisconsin was scraped due to major public disapproval and the potential for hazardous run-off in to the lakes and rivers of the surrounding area. The most likely to be directly affected by this new legislation in the special committee are those in the Ashland and Superior areas.
While Fitzgerald and friends go about seeking ways to manipulate the current laws to open up our beautiful landscapes for companies to come strip the land of its natural minerals and leave, we as sensible Wisconsinites must do what we can to ensure that the environmental standards remain intact.
Wisconsin’s landscapes are beautiful in large part because we make an effort to maintain their cleanliness. As desperate as we are for jobs, selling out our natural resources and leaving contaminated waters and depleted lands for future generations is not the way.
The changing fall colors should be reason enough to recognize the natural beauty that will be lost if we roll back our environmental standards.