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Television show examines Wisconsin mine proposal

Protestors stand at the entrance of the proposed mine site in the Penokee mountains in northern Wisconsin. Image: Josh Rushing.

The battle against what could be the nation’s largest open pit mine in a rural, pristine area of northern Wisconsin is now the subject of a television show. In Wisconsin’s Penokee Mountain Range just south of Lake Superior,  Gogebic Taconite, or GTAC, a mining company from West Virginia, seeks to develop an open pit iron ore mine that could expand to be 22 miles long. At 7 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Al Jazeera America’s Fault Lines program will detail the local, environmental and political angles of the project. Fault Lines, co-hosted by Josh Rushing, is an investigative journalism TV show. The show can be viewed on the Al Jazeera America channel, which is available across the country on DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Dish, Verizon, Bright House Networks, among others. Continue Reading →

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Landscope: Increasing presence of well pads in Michigan

This story is part of Great Lakes Echo's 'Landscope' series.

By Evan KreagerGreat Lakes Echo 

Take a look at this map. Cover the title, key and footer. It looks as if someone had a blank map of Michigan and began splattering paint across it. It’s like a work of art. But when the title of the map is revealed, it becomes obvious that all those pretty colors are actually different types of wells strewn across Michigan’s mitten. Continue Reading →

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Wisconsin mine proposal stirs local, state politics

Major Wisconsin mining projects. The Gogebic Taconite site spans both Ashland and Iron Counties. Image: Wisconsin DNR

By Alan LeagueGreat Lakes Echo           A proposed open-pit iron mine in the Penokee Range in northern Wisconsin has sparked debate over the state’s mining law. Gogebic Taconite, a mining company based in Hurley, Wis., first proposed the mine in 2011. As the application process continues, debate over whether the mine should open increases. Supporters hope the mine will bring jobs to the state; critics fear the mine’s potential impact on the environment. “We took a strong stand in opposition to the mine in 2011 almost as soon as we heard about it,” said Dave Blouin, chair of the political committee of the John Muir Chapter of the Sierra Club based in Madison. Continue Reading →

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