Author and outdoorsman Eric Hanson recently wrote a succinct and passionate op ed piece that clearly describes the impact that the proposed mine will have on the Bad River watershed, which is next to Lake Superior.
In the article Hanson says,
"To help us grasp the gigantic size of the proposed Penokee open pit
mine, let's picture the mine superimposed on familiar Milwaukee-area
geography and landmarks.
"First, let's assess the proposed iron mine's length. Begin at the
Summerfest grounds. Drive west past Miller Park - and the Zoo
Interchange, too. Keep going past Moreland Road - and past the Waukesha
airport as well. Drive until you are just a mile short of the west end
of Pewaukee Lake. That is 22 miles, the length of the proposed Penokee
"The mine would be a half-mile wide."
I've created a visual aid to help with this. The pink bar on the map below, which reaches from Lake Michigan almost to Delafield, shows how long the mine would be.
Hanson goes on to say, "This is not a mine our grandparents would recognize, a minor incision.
This is the new style mining - a mountaintop removal mine project that
would turn a unique part of northern Wisconsin into a West Virginia-like
land of sorrow."
I invite you to read the op ed, called "Enormous mine, enormous consequences," which was published by the Milwaukee Journal Feb. 19.