200+ Demand: Repeal of Wisconsin’s Unjust Mining Law

January 19, 2014 by Barbara With

According to Americans Against the Tea Party, Social media strategist Kathy Stover-Kennedy, Freedom Industries CEO Dennis P. Farrell’s girlfriend spoke out on Facebook, saying that poor Denny has been receiving threats over his company’s lax, uncaring, and completely unfair treatment following the incident. She remarks on the backlash her beloved has received over his avoidance of publicly addressing the matter, saying that he “is not a spokesperson and has no desire to be.” She elaborates, indicating that he is too important to address such mundane matters as the poisoning of an entire population’s water supply himself in a Facebook post. Besides, according to her, there is no public danger for this “accidental” failure to identify what has been deemed a likely long-term leakage from a company tank.

Social media strategist Kathy Stover-Kennedy, and boyfriend Freedom Industries CEO Dennis P. Farrell. According to Americans Against the Tea Party, Stover-Kennedy said that Denny has received threats over his company’s lax, uncaring, and completely unfair treatment after the leaking of deadly chemicals into West Virginia waterways. She remarked that he “is not a spokesperson and has no desire to be” and that there is no public danger for this “accidental” failure to name what has been deemed a likely long-term leakage from a company tank. Photo: Americans Against the Tea Party.

Last week, 300,000 West Virginians lost their water. Hundreds of people went to emergency rooms, which also did not have water. A state of emergency has been declared. All because of “clean” coal.

The toxin responsible was methylcyclohexanol, used for washing coal and one of the chemicals that killed the Love Canal, site of the worst chemical disaster in U.S. history. West Virginia mining companies assured residents that their operations are safe and clean. The truth is just the opposite. “It’s caused us more problems than you could ever imagine,” said Danny Jones, mayor of Charleston, the state’s capital. “It’s a prison from which we would like to be released.”

West Virginia’s Chris Cline, King Coal himself, owns Gogebic Taconite, the mining company that wrote Wisconsin’s new mining law and wants to set up shop in northern Wisconsin. GTac has stated over and over that the new law protects the environment. Like the lies of King Coal, the lies of iron ore mining in Northern Wisconsin have come home to roost.

Recently, an internal Wisconsin DNR report was “leaked” to the press that clearly demonstrates why iron ore mining is bad for our health. Grounded in science, it reveals what we already know: iron mining in the Penokees poses a variety of threats to human health, and to the water supply that connects a complex ecosystem, ranging from upland forests, to wetland bogs, to Lake Superior.

Chris Cline, owner of Gogebic Taconite. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Chris Cline, owner of Gogebic Taconite. Cline’s net worth as of 2012 was $1.5 billion. As it turns out, a member of the West Virginia legislature is vice president for business development for Natural Resource Partners, the company that Chris Cline owns a 31% interest in, and Russell Gordy, owner of RGGS minerals, the company that owns most of the mineral rights lease-optioned to GTAC in Iron County, is on the board of directors. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

All along, GTac has asked the public to wait for the science. They said, “Trust the DNR.” But when the DNR does the hard work and puts together a well-documented paper regarding the history and geology of mining, GTac didn’t even read it before discrediting it.

Those who changed the laws in Wisconsin broke the public trust. They refuse to protect the Earth for even their own children. Their actions demonstrate that they have no interest in the health and well-being of our community. After destroying our land and waters, they will take their profits and disappear, leaving us with awful consequences like those now faced by the people of West Virginia.

The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation has called for a repeal of the new mining law, joining the growing ranks of citizens who are rejecting a law written by and for the mining company, at the expense of the citizens and natural resources.

Concerned citizens are uniting to protect not only the Bad River watershed and Lake Superior from mining, but all Wisconsin waters. We, the undersigned, call for the REPEAL of Act 1, Wisconsin’s unjust ferrous mining law, and Act 118, the wetlands destruction law.

Ferrous mining should be treated like any other mining, under the “Prove It First” law that has successfully protected us for years. Wisconsin can’t afford the kind of losses being seen in West Virginia. Citizens have the right to clean water. Furthermore, we have the right to be represented by our elected officials, not an out-of-state mining company run by a known polluter.

Aaron Camacho, Fountain City WI
Aaron Gray, Ashland, WI
Al Gedicks, Emeritus Professor, Univ. of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
Ali Gephart, Bayfield, WI
Allie Raven, candidate for Bayfield County Board, Delta, WI
Amanda Geary, Upson, WI
Amy Kalmon, business owner, Ashland, WI
Amy Wilson, Great Northern Solar, Port Wing, WI
Ashleigh Koenigs, Milwaukee, WI
Barb Arnst, New Richmond, WI
Barbara McFarland, Manitowish Waters, WI
Barbara Oswald, Tomah, WI
Barbara Aho, owner of a heritage family farm land in Iron Belt, & Milwaukee, WI
Barbara With, author and journalist, Lake Superior, Madeline Island, WI
Barbara Daughter, Minneapolis, MN
Bernie Schlafke, Madison, WI
Bernie Winter, Brule, WI
Beth Meyers, Bayfield County Board, Supervisor District One, Town of Russell, WI
Betsy Wilcox, Madison, WI
Bill Roundwind, Odanah, WI
Bob Gifford, WI Green Party sustainer, Stevens Point, WI
Bobbi Rongstad, Gurney, WI
Bonnie Bergman, Artist, 4th generation homestead in the Penokees, Marengo Lake, WI
Brenda Burns RN BSN, Fond du Lac, WI
Brian Kearney, Mellen, WI
Bruce Eggum, Gresham, WI
Bruce Noble, Madison, WI
Carol R Buelow, Madison, WI
Cassie McCrow, Lac du Flambeau, WI
Cathy Miller, Brule, WI
Cherie Pero, Odanah, WI
Cherie Barnes, Milton, WI
Cheryl Austin, Lancaster WI
Cheryl and Ed Willett, business owners, Highbridge WI
Christopher LaForge, owner Great Northern Solar, Port Wing, WI
Cindy Schave, Platteville, WI
Cinthia Davey, Kendall, WI
Connie Lee Flonnes, Trego, WI
Danielle Carley, Hayward, WI
David Groh, Saint Germain, WI
David Joe Bates, Bad River Tribal Member, Odanah, WI
Debbie Delung, Saxon, Iron County, WI
Deborah Blum, La Crosse WI
Deborah Gibbons, Bayfield, WI
Debra and Greg Topping, enrolled members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Cloquet, MN
Deena Schuppe, Lapointe, WI
Diana Peterson, Madison, WI
Diane Marie, La Pointe, WI
Diibiisku Geshigukwe, Tyler Forks, Penokee Hills, WI
Don Roberts, Wausau, WI
Dorothy Mickleburgh, Madison, WI
Doug Cybela, Wausau and Bayfield, WI
Ed Jeannette, Edgerton, WI
Edwin G White, Orlando FL, formerly New Lisbon, WI
Elizabeth Bader, Marengo, WI
Ellen Monahan Holly, Elkhorn, WI
Erik Schyvinck, Stevens Point, WI
Frank Koehn, Ashland, WI
Gail Lemieux, Odanah, WI
Gena Gephart, Bayfield, WI
Gene Cichon, Ashland, WI
Gene Lemmenes, Herbster, WI
Greg Sherlock, owns land adjacent to proposed mine, Clam Lake, WI
Greg Lindquist, Highbridge, WI
Greggory Jennings, wildlife biologist, botanist, forester, Ashland, WI
Gretchen Fincke, West Bend, WI
Gwen Carr, Appleton, WI
Hattie Greylord, Neenah, WI
Heidi Waddell, Verona, WI
Henry C Cole, Washburn, WI
Howard D Paap, Bayfield, WI
Irene Blakeley, business owner, Washburn, WI
James Nevins, Bayfield, WI
James Patterson, La Pointe Town Supervisor, La Pointe, WI
James Richard Bailey, Grand View, WI
Jane Hudalla, Osceola, WI
Jane Weber, Delta, WI
Janet Stonecipher, Monona & Vilas County, WI
Jayne Hogfeldt RN, Poplar, WI
Jeanne Johnson, Stevens Point, WI
Jeanne  Ackley, Sokaogon Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Mole Lake, WI
Jeannie Endrizzi, Nekoosa, WI
Jeff Silbert, Washburn, WI
Jeffrey Lewis, Ashland, WI
Jenny Gourdoux Newell, Oshkosh, WI
Jessica Zuehlke, Bayfield, WI and Red Wing, MN
Jim Radtke, Bayfield, WI
Jim Brennan, Lake Galilee, WI
Jim Sommerville, Milwaukee, WI
Jim Oakley, Ashland County Board, Ashland, WI
Jim Limbach, charter member of Portage County Transportation Planning Committee, Stevens Point, WI
Jim Weeks, Green Bay, WI
Joan Cybela, Wausau and Bayfield, WI
JoAnn M Pfeifer, North Freedom, WI
Joe Agostine, unopposed candidate for 11th ward in Ashland, WI
John Endrizzi, Nekoosa, WI
John McFarland, Manitowish Waters, WI
John E Davey, Kendall, WI
John M Stewart, Washburn, WI
Jon Gould, Naperville, IL & LaPointe, WI
Jordan Grunow, Marengo, WI
Joseph Skulan, Lodi, WI
Joyce Stabenau, Sturgeon Bay, WI
JT Haines, Saint Paul, MN
Judith Detert-Moriarty, Janesville, WI
Julie Cuccia-Watts, Watertown, WI
Justus Grunow, Ashland, WI
Karen Kormann, Stockholm WI
Kate Nolan, Monona, WI
Katherine Berkvam, Beaver Dam, WI
Kathleen Grundy-Schneck, Wausau, WI
Kathy Tenney, artist, Ashland, WI
Kathy Waldo Browning, Lake Ann, MI
Kevin Rusch, Madison WI
Kristen A Martin, Fredonia, WI
Kristine M Pettersen, Madison, WI
Kristy Jensch, business owner, Washburn, WI
Larry MacDonald, Mayor of Bayfield, WI
Laura Brambilla, Birchwood, WI
Leonore Neumann, Tripoli WI
Linda Accola Atkins, Prairie du Sac, WI
Linda Fowler, Watersmeet, Michigan
Linda F Fuller, Red Cliff, WI
Lori Liddell, Tomah, WI
Lynn Carey PhD RN, Germantown, WI
Lynn Maday, Odanah, WI
Lynn Treadwell, West St Paul, MN
Lynne Basina, Township of Russell, Red Cliff, WI,
Marcie Gephart, Bayfield, WI
Marco Good, Grand Marais, MN
Marga K Krumins, Waukesha, WI
Margie  Jessup, Milton, WI
Marianne Moonhouse, Madison, WI
Marika Bader-Grunow, Marengo, WI
Marjean Moore, Pardeeville, WI
Mark Fuller, Janesville, WI
Mark Hanson, Cambridge, WI
Mark Laustrup, Hayward, WI
Marla Henseler, Webster, WI
Marsha and Gary Beggs Brown, Kewaunee, WI
Martha Cole, retired educator, Washburn, WI
Martin Curry, Town Board Supervisor, La Pointe, WI
Mary Rehwald, Ashland, WI
Mary Dougherty, Bayfield, WI
Mary Gardner, business owner, Bayfield, WI
Mary Jo Walters, Madison, WI
Mary Lee Maki, Little Chute, WI
Mary Ray Worley, Madison, WI
Mary Swerkstrom, Osceola, WI
Megan Hines, Middleton, WI
Melanie Weberg, Osceola, WI
Melanie Stricker, Mellen, WI
Michelle Heglund, Teacher, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School, Mellen, WI
Maureen Matusewic, Iron County, WI
Mike Matusewic, Iron County, WI
Mike and Jo Bailey, Bayfield, WI
Mike and Liz Peltier, Kenosha, WI
Nancy Foudray, Viola, WI
Nancy Tabaka-Stencil, Wausau WI
Nancy Sandstrom, Bayfield, WI
Nancy Harris, Kewaskum, WI
Napoleon Janczak, Bayfield, WI
Nicholas Nelson, La Pointe Town Board, La Pointe, WI
Nick Vander Puy, Journalist, Iron County, WI
Nicole Desautels, Madison, WI
Norma Bader, Marengo, WI & Peoria Hts., IL
Pam Robson, Portage WI
Pam Fischer RN, Green Bay, WI
Pamela Meyer, Eagle, WI
Pat Juett, Washburn, WI
Pat Nash, Baraboo, WI
Patricia Ott, Ohio and Bad River, WI
Patricia Hammel, Madison, WI
Patricia J Ortman, Ashland, WI
Patricia M Stewart, Town of Mason, WI
Patrick MIller, Neenah WI
Patrick Swerkstrom, Osceola, WI
Patti Jane Lemieux, Bad River, Odanah, WI
Patty Johnson, Ashland, WI
Paul Butterbrodt, Milwaukee & Montreal, WI
Paul DeMain, Reserve, WI
Paula Cooper, Pardeeville, WI
Dr. Paula Mohan, Madison, WI
Peg Randall Gardner, Mequon, WI
Pete Rasmussen, Marengo, WI
Rachel Byington, Madison, WI
Ray Reynolds, Bayfield, WI
Richard D. Ackley, Sokaogon Mole Lake Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa, Mole Lake, WI
Richard Knopf, Pepin, WI
Rob and Donna  Ganson, Washburn, WI
Roberta DeCora-Crowe, Couderay, WI
Ros Nelson, Washburn, WI
Rose Lynd, Tomahawk, WI
Sally Kessler, Cornucopia, WI
Sally Lacy, Germantown, WI
Sarah Martines, Marengo, WI
Sarah Nevins, Bayfield, WI
Scott Pitta, Wisconsin Conservation Congress Member, Wisconsin Dells WI
Selma Bennett, Mazomanie, WI
Sharon Stewart, Washburn, WI
Shawn Olmstead, Spring Green, WI
Sibley Stonehorse, Odanah, WI
Dr. Steve Birchall, Monona, WI
Steve Fiene, Madison/11218 Moore Park Rd., WI
Steve Pacewicz, Lake Geneva, WI
Steve Sohn, Green Lake and Mellen, WI
Sue Decker, Eau Claire, WI
Susan Hansen, Shell Lake, WI
Susan Aguado, Mercer, WI
Susan Crane, Brantwood, WI
Susan Hall, Town of Washburn, WI
Suzan MacKenzie-Smith, business owner, Designer’s Outlet, Ashland, WI
Tammy Silver, Gingles, WI
Ted Gephart, business owner, Bayfield, WI
Teresa Albrecht, Amherst, WI
Teresa J Wagner, City of Washburn, WI
Tom Neale, Spirit Township, Price County, WI
Tom Robson, Portage, WI
Tom Galazen, farm business owner, Town of Bayfield, WI
Tom Podlesny, Town of Gurney, Iron Co, WI
Tom Worley, Madison, WI
Tracy Chipman, writer, Town of Washburn, WI
V. J. Link, tax-paying Wisconsinite, Madison, WI
Victoria Hinzman, Green Bay, WI
Waring R.  Fincke, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Washington County, WI
Warren Anderson, Washburn, WI
Wayne Toske, Mukwonago, WI

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14 Comments on “200+ Demand: Repeal of Wisconsin’s Unjust Mining Law”

  1. sandman54862 January 19, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    To repeal the mining law first you must have big bucks to buy walker. he does not do anything for free. If he did he would do one thing good for the people of Wisconsin. so far all he has done is send Wisconsin back to 1880.

    • Barbara With January 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

      We will not be deterred by Walker, money, legislators who have been bought off or any other obstacle. By continuing to build numbers and continue to demand a repeal of the mining law, we will bring this issue into the mainstream. Never underestimate the power of a group of highly dedicated individuals, who also happen to love Lake Superior, the Penokees and our water.

      • nonquixote January 19, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

        Alerting down-state to your excellent piece.


        Solidarity, Peace and Resolve.

        Water is Life

      • nonquixote January 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

        My apologies, unbeknown to me, the author deleted that blog entry sometime earlier in the day along with the comments, as I viewed the site again, this evening.

      • sandman54862 January 22, 2014 at 4:26 am #

        What good are numbers. We came out in numbers and electronic voting machines and many rural county clerks cheated for him. This is what the the newest John Doe is about. Walker lied to congress & the world was a witness. He is above all laws like G W Bush. The world court wants him. Why is Obama protecting Walker ? If Reagan was still president he would arrest Walker as a communist. View this clip and you decide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsHXJr8tqP0In

      • Barbara With January 22, 2014 at 6:12 am #

        So your answer is apparently to roll over and take it. How’s that working for you, personally? Just sitting around proving we are doomed? I Say do something, it’s better than just sitting there proving we are doomed. Good luck to you, I prefer to be pro active.

      • sandman54862 January 22, 2014 at 8:08 am #

        No you correct I am just spouting off.

      • sandman54862 January 22, 2014 at 8:09 am #

        Please do not quit.

  2. sandman54862 January 19, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    ALEC owns Scott Walker it is in his biography. Walker will never be intimidated by the people. He knows ALEC has always PAID his way since 1992.
    Scott Walker remembers creating jobs as assemblyman in Wisconsin . It was easy with ALEC. 32000 UNION public sector jobs. It is not as easy this time with out using your tax dollars. Scott Walker has created ALL Wisconsin`s budget problems working for ALEC. When Scott Walker was a state representative and the chairman of the Assembly Corrections Committee, he introduced bills that would privatize state prison operations and that would allow private corrections companies to open prisons in Wisconsin to house inmates from other states. This allowed outsourcing our Prisoners in several states.

    In 1995 Walker and Prosser as state assemblymen championed for ALEC with truth in sentencing telling the legislatures it would not cost a dime it was to give judges not parole boards the control over sentencing. Then Walker filibustered to stop sentencing changes after the fact misleading ALL the legislatures. With out the sentencing changes Wisconsin`s prisons quadrupled over night. Most people sentenced to 2 years now had to serve as much as 6o years. As the Wisconsin Budget watch Blog shows . Stopping just a percentage of these long sentences Wisconsin would save 707 million per year. Wisconsin could have free tuition colleges. It shows Wisconsin has wasted 100 billion if you add the numbers to the state budget since 1995. Not including the building new or remodeling of 71 courthouses & 71 county jails & 441 police stations and dozens of prisons 28 billion plus interest. It is 2.5 billion annually out of the state budget just to maintain these Palaces called jails and courthouses. No expense spared. The total is over 28 BILLION plus the 60 Billion spent by social services to support prisoners families because the bread winner was a political prisoner as US Att gen Eric Holder explained. Then farming out prisoners in several states until the courts realized it was not allowed in the Wisconsin constitution. Wisconsin then hired 32000 union public sector workers to fill the jobs housing the prisoners from deputies , judges, district attorneys all owe Walker for creating there jobs. 32000 UNION PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS. This cost taxpayers over 3.8 billion or a half million per day to house these EXTRA prisoners per day in Milwaukee county alone. Wisconsin claims it has 24,000 prisoners compared to Minnesota`s 5500. Wisconsin`s corrections population is 104,000 with many in half way house and county jails and county prisons that are not counted. . In 1995 Milwakee county had less than 200 prisoners now it has thousands. Is Scott Walker moving Wisconsin forward ? This your reason for budget problems in Wisconsin. Big spender big government Scott Walker. Why does he not work for the people he is taking his check from the people ? Walker has ALEC on his Biography and is proud of this scam. ALEC has no place in any democracy. Ronald Reagan said where collective bargaing and UNIONS are not allowed Democracy and freedom is lost. Unions created the great American miracle so everyone could prosper. In walker`s America we have slave labor like in Fred Koch`s RUSSIA. Could or would an Amercan consider any type of voter suppression ? Could or would an American end liberty and justice for all for personal gain ? Could or would an American not take care of it`s own people ?
    Walkers is KKK/KGB/NRA/Flea bagger/GOP/ALEC and Nazi who are all the same group now supported by david koch`s tea Party .
    This ends all rumor that Scott walker even considers the constitution or liberty and justice for all. these Are Koch`s / ALEC ideals from fred Koch in Russia where he made his first millions.
    http://wjacact.blogspot.com/ This would end or slow down many of the states criminal regimes called justice systems in Wisconsin

    • Barbara With January 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

      I am well aware of all this. We will not be intimidated.

  3. Sheri Ketarkus January 21, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    No mines!

  4. West Central Wisconsin Community Webring January 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    The West Central Wisconsin Community Webring are with you, Barbara, and *all* of the WCMCOOP people.


  5. sandman54862 January 22, 2014 at 4:29 am #

    This is Paul Ryan when he was still supporting America.

  6. andrea Ladenthin February 20, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    I’m agree with Bardara With…..we will not be intimidated!

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