Monday, January 23, 2012

Panel Discussion on "Mining in the Gogebic-Penokee Range" to be Jan. 25

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. -- "Mining in the Gogebic-Penokee Range: Panel Discussion led by Eagle River Atty. Susan Sommer" will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Many Ways of Peace, 217 S. Main street, downtown Eagle River, Wis.

Panelists will include the following:
Tom Fitz, Professor of Geology, Northland College, Ashland, Wis.
Kevin Brewster, Board President, Bad River Watershed Association
Richard Thiede, Committee member of the former Iron County Citizens Taconite Committee
Richard Sloat, Upper Peninsula resident sharing his perspective on mining in the UP

Supporters of the proposed taconite mine in the Penokee range believe that it will be an economic boon, creating hundreds of good paying jobs that will re-energize the impoverished region. However, environmentalists and Indian tribal leaders have concerns that the mine will contaminate one of the most pristine and water-rich regions in the state.

For more information call (715) 480-4697 or visit

Editor's Note: Northland College in Ashland, Wis., is hosting a Mining and Environment Week Jan. 24-28, including lectures and a public forum. Click here for the schedule.

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