Hundreds Expected to Attend GTac Hearing
Posted at: 08/14/2013 10:40 PM
| Updated at: 08/15/2013 12:36 AM
Hundreds of people are expected to weigh in on the future of a proposed iron mine site in Northern Wisconsin on Thursday.
The 10-hour public DNR hearing will specifically deal with Gogebic Taconite's plans for bulk sampling this fall in the Penokee Hills. That's a process that involves removing about four thousand tons of rock, which will then be put on trucks and transported off-site for testing and analysis.
The mine has been a source of rising tension in the last few months. And the hearing at the Hurley High School tomorrow, is expected to be attended by many supporters and opponents.
"If this mine goes through, its gonna hurt the water, the air, the land, especially the water," said Mel Gasper, a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp, which has been occupying the Penokees. "When we look seven generations ahead, we want to have something for when our children will be here."
But Gogebic spokesman Bob Seitz contends "There's a difference in some places between the folks that have lived here for generations and some new folks that have come in and I think for the people who were here when mining was going on, there's a high level of acceptance."
On a side note, despite the fact that Bulletproof Securities now has a license to operate in Wisconsin, Gogebic Taconite is not using their armed guards at this time. Seitz says they will bring them back if the need arises. They were first brought in after a raucus protest by camoflauged people yelling expletives confronted Gtac workers.