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Creed in your deed on mining, polluting PDF Print E-mail

Dear Editor:

It is a very well-known fact that many environmental groups along with the Bad River Band are vehemently against the proposed iron mine in the Penokee Range. While I am all for protecting our environment, perhaps one should ask themselves a few questions before believing what these groups have to say.

A little over a month ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required that the Bad River Band upgrade their plant operations to correct violations of their sewage treatment facility by Jan. 31, 2014. This treatment facility dumps into the Bad River and flows into Lake Superior. The violations included a failure to comply with effluent limits of phosphorous, E. coli, suspended solids, and biochemical oxygen demand. The EPA will also monitor the facilities to ensure that they meet compliance plan requirements and may take more formal action if violations are not corrected.

This is the same river that the Bad River Band claims will be polluted by the iron mine. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Put your creed into your deed.”

What is also interesting to note is that if one travels on the Bad River while the river is low, one will find garbage, old refrigerators, old cars, car batteries, etc., along the river banks on reservation property leaking chemicals into the water. Is that environmentally sound?

This summer, a group of “environmentalists” attacked crews and equipment performing core drilling in the proposed mining area. This prompted Gogebic Taconite to hire armed guards to guard their site. When Department of Natural Resources officials enter the lands, they also have two armed wardens accompany them for protection. It is interesting to note that they filmed the interaction which can easily be found online. The batteries in their camera likely contained lithium, which is mined. The plastic of the devices originally came from oil. And the energy they used to power these devices likely came from either fossil or nuclear power.

A similar group called Earth Liberation Front planted a bomb at the Michigan Tech forestry building. I know this because I attended Michigan Tech at the time and vividly remember the evacuation when the bomb was found. These groups are nothing more than domestic terrorists.

To complain about polluting a river, yet pollute it themselves, and to complain about mining, yet use the products of mining, is nothing short of hypocrisy of the highest order. Yet they will stop at nothing to accomplish their agenda to stop the mining process, including the use of domestic terrorism.

Recently, a bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Tiffany to change how managed forest land is operated for mining companies. While my initial reaction was one of outrage as it stunk of corruption, after speaking with Tiffany on the phone I found out that what was originally reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, including several letters to the editor in the News-Review, were completely erroneous.

Any mining company that pulls from managed forest land status must pay full back taxes. The sole purpose of this legislation was to protect the workers from groups wishing to cause harm by closing the lands during the permitting process only. Otherwise it is completely legal for these groups to invade the land without any legal recourse.

It makes you wonder if these groups such as the Bad River Band and Earth First can even be trusted if they don’t follow their own beliefs. If they will not follow their own beliefs, their ethics and credibility come into question. At that point, one really needs to ask themselves if their statements are even true.

Tim Stolar

Sugar Camp

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:14 PM


-10 #5 2013-09-30 12:00

Just to note, I would like to point it out that it was not just the Curtis article, but also the Sommers article(s), various Moe articles, MJS articles, etc. etc. etc.

Seems that not many people will defend against the progressive environmentalis ts, so I figured I would do my common sense part.
-24 #4 Frank Gabl 2013-09-30 01:46
Due to certain circumstances, I did not know that State Sen. Tom Tiffany had a letter featured in the “What Others Say” section of the opinion page the same day the letter by Doug Curtis, “Tiffany not working for his constituents,” appeared. Doug’s letter is the one Tim’s response centered around.

Therefore, I did not entirely understand Tim’s reference to “Earth First!” except for the generally known fact that the eco-terrorist group, Earth First!, has a notorious reputation dating back decades to the birth of eco-terrorism.

The reason for this post is to make people aware that the same eco-terrorist group, Earth First!, who featured the personal accounts of the eco-terrorists at the mine, is the same Earth First! whose founder is heavily involved in Agenda 21’s Wildlands Network, leaving to the imagination just what tactics are used on a daily basis in “acquiring” private property for government use.

Cont. below:
-25 #3 Frank Gabl 2013-09-30 01:45

The eventual goal of the Wildlands Network is to revert as much as 50 percent of America to pre-Columbian condition for wildlife habitat.

The article below is the one mentioned by Tiffany which appears on Earth First! Newswire:

“Test Drilling Disrupted at Penokee Hills Proposed Mining Site” – by some wild coyotes / Wisconsin Anarchy – Friday June 14:
(Above the hammer and monkey wrench logo click on “Newswire” to view hundred(s) of eco-terrorist actions)

Earth First! founding was partially inspired by – wait for it – Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”

Cont. below:
-19 #2 Frank Gabl 2013-09-30 01:42

The magazine article below was a reference in my letter from August 13, “Beware of government’s generalizations ” which mentioned the tactics of Dave Foreman of Earth First! and Dr. Reed Noss, who explained in an interview, the Wildlands Project (now Wildlands Network)
(Extremely interesting and informative)

Dave Foreman is one of the first eco-terrorists and co-founder of Earth First!, interestingly, he co-founded The Rewilding Institute, a partner in the Wildlands Network, the United States arm of Agenda 21 responsible for implementing wildlife corridors, of which, one runs through the North Woods.
(Scroll down to wildlife corridor map)
-17 #1 Frank Gabl 2013-09-25 12:26

The "truth" is a most beautiful thing and
so easy to articulate.

Great job with the investigative work as well, which without it, would not have created the results you achieved!

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