WALK TO THE DRILL SITE In the Penokee Hills, East of Mellen, Wisconsin Saturday, June 15th at 1:00 p.m.

by Free Speech on June 13, 2013

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

Please join your friends and neighbors on a walk to the GTAC drill site in the
Penokee Hills, June 15th, Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Exploratory drilling in the Penokee Hills, which is now underway, has been
permitted by the DNR over specific objections from local citizens and the Bad River
Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
This walk is an opportunity to safely observe what test drilling looks like, firsthand,
and to see how it impacts a pristine landscape. The walk will take place on lands
that are open to the public, and the Penokee Hills Education Project encourages all
walkers to obey the law and practice non-violence. The walk is approximately
3 miles through fairly hilly terrain; be sure to bring your camera and bug spray!
Persons of all ages are invited.
Directions: From Mellen, take Highway 77 east. Enter into Iron County and
at approx. 8.75 miles from Mellen, turn right on Moore Park Road. Follow the road
until you reach the “Road Closed” signs. Park on the RIGHT side of the road only.
The Penokee Hills are targeted by Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) for mountain top
removal mining. This process would pulverize a 22-mile strip of the Penokee Hills
and would release contaminants such as mercury, arsenic, other heavy metals,
sulfates, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides into the air and water. The polluted
water would flow throughout the watershed, into the Bad River, threatening
40% of the wetlands in the Lake Superior Basin and sensitive ecosystems essential
for the survival of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior. The proposed mine would
likely contaminate the drinking water for thousands of people living in Ashland
and Bayfield Counties.
No taconite mine has ever operated without causing serious pollution.
The Penokee Hills Education Project was formed to educate the public about risks
to the Bad River watershed and the Penokee Hills posed by GTAC’s mountaintop
removal mine; to share relevant information about the impact of mining on our
economy, health, and environment; and to connect with citizen-led groups locally,
statewide, and nationally.Contact: Frank Koehn, Penokee Hills Education Project, 218-341-8822
www.penokees.org

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