Mining in Wisconsin -Sand & Iron

DeForest Area Progressives is learning so much about both Frac-Sand Mining and Open Pit Iron Mining, we are giving a great deal of time to sharing information, attending events, planning how to respond usefully and with wisdom to the challenges the mining issues are presenting us. We are trying to be responsible citizens, looking for a path to solutions and walking that path!  


 Mike Wiggins explains the threat to us all when corporations discredit career scientists whose whole professional careers have focused on examining the characteristics of the land forms, the minerals, the ecology of a certain section of our planet. In this case, the Penokee Region. The iron-mining company is claiming it knows more and has better scientists than the ones who have been focusing on the region their whole professional lives! Listen to Mike explain what is at stake with the disinformation pouring out or Gogebic's corporate expressions: The region is being put a risk by a campaign of lies: Thanks for watching and learning!



Mining is a "boom or bust" industry that is driven by the market price of the commodity being mined and the cost of extracting, processing and transporting the commodity being extracted to where it is needed. When the price of iron ore is high, it becomes economical to mine low-grade ore. When the price is low, companies close mines with low-grade deposits. When oil or gas prices are high, hydraulic fracking of almost exhausted wells is attractive and frac-sand prices soar and sand mining in Wisconsin booms. When oil and gas prices drop, the expensive "fracking" of wells drops off, the demand for sand drops, sand prices drop and the sand mines shut down as inventory levels rise. 

In both sand and iron mining areas, the mining companies try to sell "jobs" as the big community benefit that will offset all of the environmental negatives (loss of ground water to high-capacity wells, ground water pollution, surface water pollution, air pollution, noise and light pollution, loss of real estate value, degradation of roads and other municipal infrastructure, to name just a few). However, with the industry subject to boom/bust cycles, the jobs are rarely steady. In addition, the payroll dollars from those jobs are often not spent in the communities in which the mines are sited, particularly when the jobs require special skills not available locally.

Look at both sections:  Sand-Mining & Iron-Mining!  Thanks!

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