With thanks to the Crawford Stewardship Project's Forest Jahnke for this article.
News Clippings & Media Programs on Sand-Mining:
3 Articles : Wisconsin Industrial Sands Co (fairmount.inc)
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Riverways Board Mark Cupp's Awesome On-site video Reports
(via facebook) of Hwy 60 Protected Lower Wisconsin Riverway
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!
PENOKEE MINING - MIKE WIGGINS COMMENTS ABOUT SCIENTISTS AND 'PAID SCIENTISTS' and the Tragic 'Paid" Difference:
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!
BASIC MINING IN WISCONSIN
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.
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We are a great local group of Wisconsin progressives from the DeForest, Windsor, and Vienna area just north of Madison, WI. We are also part of the Wisconsin Grassroots Network. As a part of this larger network, we collaborate with other local groups of various types: widespread similar community grassroots groups, specific focus allied groups and national groups.
Our members and visitors emerge from those groups to teach and partner with each other. It is fulfilling, fun, and exciting to be connected with so many wonderful progressive citizens! A large proportion of our activities focus on participating in our community, county and state affairs. How we live and value the world around us is a strong aspect of bringing us all together. We do this in an effort to preserve and carry forward the traditional values of Wisconsin's history initiated by Senator Bob LaFollette! We really have fun while we take on projects and activities.
If you would like to know more about us, you are always welcome at our meetings: every Monday evening, 6:00pm. We usually meet in the DeForest Area Public Library in one of the small conference rooms for about an hour. Because we value community participation in our group, here are our participation values:
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