DAILY WISCONSIN

Mining

Infeasible

“I always had the impression that this company was not ready for this project,” Jauch says. He says it was focused more on the political process than on the challenges posed by the mine itself. And he rips Gov. Scott Walker and GOP lawmakers for having “genuflected to (the company) in blind obedience” to pass…

DONE

Gogebic Taconite said Friday afternoon that it was closing its office in Hurley after concluding that the expanse of wetlands at the site made the prospects of constructing a massive iron ore mine unfeasible. The company said it would continue to investigate prospects for an iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties, but officials…

What lies beneath

….documents and interviews show that Gogebic’s money secretly made its way into the political battle over the mining law u2014 and that the efforts of the WMC and the Wisconsin Club for Growth significantly swayed the results. With the help of ads funded by the two groups, the GOP retook the state senate in 2012…

Left talks mining @ Janesville forum

Wednesday, September 10 6 PM-6:30 PM cheese & cracker reception (nonalcoholic potluck) 6:30 PM- 7:45 PM, speakers & discussion…. Devon Cupery, Producer at 371 Productions (which also made the emmy-nominated ‘As Goes Janesville.’… Via Video Forum: Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff @ Rock Netroots.

On John Doe 2

Apparently Walker instructed donors to get around state-mandated limits on individuals’ donations to his campaign by contributing unlimited amounts to the Koch brothers-backed group Wisconsin Club for Growth. Under the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, individuals and corporations can give whatever they want to third-party political action committees advocating for issues instead of candidates. The…

Then, Now

Scot Ross, head of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, said it is worth asking whether Walker’s support for the proposed iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties was linked to the $700,000 that Gogebic Taconite LLC gave to Wisconsin Club for Growth during the 2011 and 2012 recall elections. “The record is clear:…

Massive

Via Frac sand news roundup: ‘I don’t care if the trucks are hauling frac sand, frozen pizzas or water. The volume of trucks is just unacceptable’ @  WisconsinWatch.org

A Year of Reporting

Much of the time, reporting on this controversy meant searching for elusive answers — and for experts who had not already taken a side. This was especially true on the first story I worked on that explored residents’ concerns that dust from nearby mines could cause health problems. Respirable crystalline silica — the type of…

Legislators move to limit local control over frac sand mining

Two Republican state lawmakers are sponsoring a bill to restrict the ability of local communities to regulate Wisconsin’s booming frac sand industry. The draft bill, now being circulated for cosponsors by Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, and Rep. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan, would bar local governments from regulating some aspects of nonmetallic mining, including its impacts on…