Archive | February, 2012

Facade of “Responsible Mining” Crumbles; New Mining Bill Proven to Mislead the Public

February 18, 2012 by Barbara With After months of being told that GTAC’s plans to dig a four-mile open pit iron ore mine in the Penokee Mountains can be done responsibly, two local scientists shatter that myth at a public hearing for Wisconsin’s new “ferrous mining bill.” After Sen. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) dismantled […]

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Tuesday, February 21

Committee on Public Health and Public Safety 10:00 AM 400 Northeast Executive Session Assembly Bill 478 Relating to: changing the date of fire prevention week from the week of October 8 to the week of October 9. By Representatives Strachota, Thiesfeldt, Marklein, Bies, LeMahieu, A. Ott, Bernier, Sinicki and Clark; cosponsored by Senators Olsen, Schultz, […]

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Monday, February 20

Committee on Senate Organization 9:00 AM 211 South State Capitol Executive Session The Committee on Senate Organization will vote by paper ballot to approve or deny scheduling the Regular Session Calendar for Tuesday, February 21, 2012. The committee may take other actions concerning the matters proposed for the calendar. Deadline for responding: 12:00 p.m. on […]

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Geologists Rock the House With Stunning Testimony at Mining Hearing

  With nearly two dozen state troopers stationed in and outside the Joint Finance Committee hearing on Friday, overflowing crowds lined up to testify overwhelmingly against the latest version of a new mining bill. Wednesday, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R) announced his decision to unexpectedly and unilaterally dismantle the Senate Committee on Mining, pulling the plug […]

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Press Release on sulfides in area of the proposed Penokee iron mine

This post has been updated with an addendum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Summary  The mining of sulfide minerals poses well known and severe environmental hazards, including the release of sulfuric acid and other toxic materials. By contrast, iron oxides are chemically inert and non-toxic. One of the main arguments used to justify iron mining in the […]

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ACTION ALERT: If you can’t make mining hearing today 10 AM Room 412E Call your legislator

February 17, 2012 by Barbara With On February 17, 2011, 14 Wisconsin Senate Democrats fled to Illinois after seeing Scott Walker’s ALEC-driven budget repair bill. Insider sources tell us it was more than likely Mike Ellis who tipped off Jon Erpenbach that they were going to lock them into the Senate chambers and force them […]

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Proposed Mining Bill Proof That Republicans Are Not Smarter Than Wisconsin Fourth-Graders

February 17, 2012 by WCMC Madison, WI – When fourth grade students travel from across the state to take a tour of their State Capitol, they possess a basic knowledge that Republican legislators do not. As the following press release shows, not all rocks are the same. Some attract magnets while others do not. Yet […]

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Wisconsin Uprising Marks One-Year Anniversary

February 15, 2012 by Lady Forward Valerie Van Horn brought her crock pot to the rotunda on Tuesday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the Wisconsin Uprising. Shortly after the capitol occupation ended last winter, the Department of Administration came up with a list of items “prohibited” from the capitol. A foamboard […]

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Sen. Kedzie (R-ALEC) Lies Again … And Again … Schedules Mining Hearing 340 Miles Away from Mine Site

February 14, 2012 by Barbara With On February 13, Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-ALEC) announced that the first of two possible mining hearings has been officially placed on the Senate calendar. This hearing will be a chance for the public to express directly to Fascist Kedzie just how far he has fallen into corruption and graft. […]

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Friday, February 17

Select Committee on Mining Jobs 10:00 AM UW-Platteville Ullsvik Hall, Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery 1 University Plaza Platteville, WI Public Hearing Assembly Bill 426 Relating to: regulation of ferrous metallic mining and related activities, making an appropriation, and providing penalties. By Committee on Jobs, Economy and Small Business. LRB 4035/P1 Relating to: regulation of […]

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