|Creed in your deed on mining, polluting|
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.
|Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:14 PM|