Tuesday , 19 September 2017

GAME-CHANGING MINE BILL PITS ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS, BUSINESS INTERESTS AGAINST EACH OTHER

During its four years of operation, the Flambeau Mine produced copper, gold and silver from a deposit that was relatively small, but rich. It closed in 1997, the last mine of its kind to operate in Wisconsin. That could soon change. In a major policy shift for the state, a bill by Republican lawmakers would strike down restrictions on such mining, ushering in a new era of mineral exploration. The legislation is sparking a sharp political fight between environmental groups and business interests.  Environmentalists are highlighting the perils of mining rock from sulfide deposits, which have a history of leaching acidic material and polluting water. Supporters of the legislation are touting the economic advantages of mining. http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2017/09/09/mining-bill-digs-up-longstanding-ladysmith-mine-now-closed-lies-center-debate-over-mining-legislatio/633501001/

 

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