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Dear Editor:

I have to comment on Lee Baleks’s letter in the Aug. 14 Vilas County News-Review, “Mine contaminants will impact water.”

The premise for the letter is that the open pit Gogebic Taconite iron mine will contaminate the waters north of it flowing into Lake Superior. I think he implies that the mines operating before on the Penokee Range did not contaminate the waters because they were underground.

Later in his letter, he says that the tailings from the open pit mine will contaminate the ground water. If Mr. Balek were in the area, he would realize that there were, and still are, many hills of tailings from the underground mines. Why then did they not contaminate water?

Most significant, the basic premise of no open pit mines is wrong. The Plymouth mine west of Wakefield, Mich., was an open pit mine. It shipped 17 million tons of iron ore. The Black River, a great trout fishing river, flows right by it. There were, and are, many native trout streams flowing into the Black River. As a child I was thrilled to catch my first native trout from a stream flowing into the Black River.

Mr. Balek goes on to throw out many questions that have been, or will be answered, in an attempt to scare us. The mine will not proceed without all federal and state regulations being adhered to. The far left tries to convince us that if the mine proceeds, it will pollute the waters downstream of it. Do they think we don’t know there are very strict federal and state regulations? If they can’t pass the regulations, there will be no mine.

If Mr. Balek is a true environmentalist, why does he not speak out against the Bad River Tribe who have been polluting the very waters they claim the mine would pollute for a long time?

I still find it hard to believe that some people would deny the hardworking, people of the North Woods an opportunity for good, well-paying jobs because of their own selfish agendas. They are clueless about mining and don’t care about the facts and science of it.

When I was in grade school, our teachers took us on a field trip to the Plymouth mine. I hope that our children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to take a field trip to the Gogebic Taconite mine.

Charlie Gullan

Eagle River

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:40 PM


+26 #2 2013-08-20 18:39
Very much agree with you Charlie. As someone who frequently passes through the Bad River Reservation, I can attest to your comments about how dirty that area is, and how it is perfectly fine for them to dump their sewage into that river without having to adhere to the same standards the rest of us do.
+28 #1 Denny Erardi 2013-08-20 17:03
Wholeheartedly agree with you, Charlie.

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