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9/21/2012 5:05:00 AM
Approves of county board action on mining

To the Editor:

Every once in a while things work the way their suppose to. 

In this era of partisan bickering, in which politicians make decisions without concern for common citizens, it’s nice to hear about the Oneida County Board following the wishes of the public and voting down a potential mine in the Town of Lynne.

Nineteen citizens spoke at the August public hearing on the proposed mine, with 18 opposed to the mine. Those opposed included Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council President Tom Maulson who made it clear the tribe would not stop fighting the mine. Others speaking against the mine included Mark Pflieger of Harshaw who presented the Oneida County Board with a petition containing 1,252 names opposed to the mine. And it certainly helped that Lynne Town Chairman Schatzley and most town residents were opposed to the mine. 

County Board Supervisor Bob Metropulos said it best, “Chairman Schatzley and the town of Lynne don’t want mining.”

It’s refreshing to hear that most Oneida County Board members listened to their constituents and voted to discontinue pursuing a mine in the town of Lynne. 

Now, if we could get our Washington politicians to follow their example. 

Michael McFadzen
Town of Cassian

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Joyce Brown

Sorry, it's four square MILES of tailings, not acres.

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: Joyce Brown

I also agree with the mining decision by the Oneida County Board. On your next drive up to the Porcupine Mountains stop and take a look at the town of White Pine to see what happens when a mining company abandons an area and closes down a mine. A quick drive into the town reveals closed schools, retail and healthcare facilities, with houses being sold for $10,000 to $20,000. Take a look at google earth and check out the four square acres of copper tailings and the desolation left by the mine. Revegetation has been a complete failure and the whole area has been barren for the past twenty years. Nothing grows in the tailings, all that moves in the area are the shifting dunes of powdery mining refuse. The huge underground cavern has been filling with brine which is currently being diluted with Lake Superior water in an effort to suppress the threat of further pollution.

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