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Mining offers destruction, no long-lasting jobs

7:33 AM, Mar. 12, 2013  |  Comments
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Dear Green Bay residents: Imagine waking up one morning to find the entire length of Scray's Hill, from Bellevue to Ledgeview, torn off. This could happen similarly to northwestern Wisconsin residents if the proposed iron mine is allowed to open.

After studying geology in the 1960s and 1970s, I know from firsthand observation how devastating an open-pit mine can be. I toured an Illinois mine, and it looked more desolate than the surface of the moon. After such a mine's resources are exhausted, the only option is to flood it.

I also collected mineral samples from lead mine tailing piles in the Shullsburg and New Diggings area in southwestern Wisconsin. Did these mining jobs bring lasting prosperity to that area? No. Now these towns - and others like them - are practically ghost towns.

The Penokee Range is Wisconsin's only surviving mountain range. Our lands, water and forest belong to all of us. It's wrong to allow a Florida company to plunder our precious resources for their own profit. Even more outrageous would be to sell the ore to China, providing more jobs for Chinese workers than our own.

Please tell some of our state legislators to wake up.

Michael Spencer

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