Officials Fear Violent Raid at GTac Site, Ask for Public's Help

Posted at: 08/21/2013 9:50 PM | Updated at: 08/21/2013 10:36 PM
By: Zach Hammer
zhammer@wdio.com

Iron County authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying more of the people involved in a masked raid on Gogebic Taconite's drilling site in June.
 
Video surfaced last month of violent protestors shouting at GTac workers, and one woman getting physical with a geologist. The Steven's Point woman was arrested and charged.
 
But now, Iron County District Attorney Marty Lipske is asking for help identifying the other people involved.
 
He says there's a risk of another raid, and it possibly being more violent.
 
Lipske says that's because of threats made during raid, allegedly saying things such as "we're coming back and there will be more of us," and [they would] "****ing kill people if the police weren't coming."
 
If you know any of the other parties involved, Lispke wants you to call the Iron County Sheriff's Office at 435-867-7550.
 
As of now, the armed guards of Arizona-based Bulletproof Securities, have not returned to the site, despite acquiring the proper Wisconsin license. GTac has said that they would bring them back if they deem it necessary.
 
Opponents of the huge proposed open pit iron mine fear that it would damage landscape and pollute water supply, and eventually harm Lake Superior.
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