An important update about start to finish investigative journalism regarding the proposed Penokee mine in Ashland and Iron counties.
November 3, 2014 by Maureen Matesuwic and Barbara With
Bill Williams, President of Gogebic Taconite (GTac) sits in the GTac office in Hurley during an October 2011 Wisconsin Eye interview explaining why he wants certain protections for wetlands and “areas of special natural resource interest” eliminated in Wisconsin mining laws.
UPDATE: On February 27, 2015, GTac President Bill Williams announced that GTac would be closing their Hurley office and discontinuing their pursuit of iron ore mining in the Penokee Hills at this time. Williams blamed the EPA and the wetlands, which he claimed they did not know existed until recently.
This timeline details how local officials, mining supporters and politicians helped conceal from the public the fact that the new Wisconsin Wetlands and Mining Bills are designed to give Gogebic Taconite (GTac) President Bill Williams what he was asking for in order to build a 22-mile open pit mountaintop removal mine in the Bad River…
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