On Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, Woods Person, a blog from Wisconsin's North Woods, posted "To Mine or Not to Mine," Chapters 1 and 2, submitted by Cousin Jack, AG (Amateur Geologist).
The mine in question here is the proposed open-pit iron mine Gogebic Taconite (GTac) hopes to construct in the Penokee Hills in northern Wisconsin.
In Chapter 1, the author of these two articles writes, "I have been looking at and listening to the Penokee Problem for several months. I have taken in all the info available to me.
"I took the day off today and read through a definitive text -- the 1929 Wis. Geo. Survey book by geologist H. R. Aldrich -- entitled Geology of the Gogebic Iron Range. He seems to know his stuff and I had to skim much of it to discover what is pertinent to the GTac story."
In Chapter 2, the author, who says he has 60+ years in mining and geology, tells us what he learned from that 1929 treatise concerning the area of the proposed GTac mine. He concludes that GTac has insufficient information to make a mining proposal and that the lease should be recalled.
Click here to read why.