Important news has just emerged from the Penokee Hills in northern Wisconsin: proposed site of what could be the largest taconite mine in the world, and what also could be the end of a vibrant watershed serving thousands. Its waters flow through sensitive wild ricing sloughs — 40 percent of all the wetlands in the Lake Superior basin — into Lake Superior.
As you may already know, this issue is a contest between those who understand and value the unending resource of an intact Penokee Range habitat, and GTAC, who with unlimited funding, has written legislation in back rooms and paid Wisconsin legislators to make sure it passed.
For “the locals,” it is a struggle for life itself, insofar as water is life.
I hope you will find time to review this timely piece and consider running it. It was written by Barbara With and can be found at http://wcmcoop.com/2013/10/06/abundant-asbestos-confirmed-at-gtac-bulk-sampling-site.