Target: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Goal: Prevent Opening of Massive Iron Mine near Chippewa Lands
Billionaire and coal-mining magnate Chris Cline is currently attempting to expand his business by opening a massive open-pit iron mine in Northern Wisconsin. Waste from the mine will flow into Lake Superior, and will result in a huge number of environmental issues for the local Chippewa tribes. We must join the Chippewa in protesting this frightening development.
The mine will take the form of a massive open-pit taconite (a low-quality iron ore) mine over four miles long and 1,000 ft deep. This will make it one of the largest open-pit mines in the world. Taconite mines are the second-largest producer of mercury emissions after coal plants. Worse yet, this specific mine is located near a large shale formation, which will produce sulfuric acid when mined, causing large-scale death of native fish as it flows into Lake Superior. There is also evidence that by working in taconite mines workers expose themselves to carcinogens responsible for the development of mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer, and it is unknown whether or not this risk will apply to those living near the mine. Finally, the mine is primarily being built by out-0f-state laborers, meaning that, despite Cline’s claims to the contrary, few new jobs will be produced by the mine.
Rather than working with the local Chippewa and townspeople to develop a working solution to the pollution problem, Cline’s company illegally hired the out-of-state “Bulletproof Securities” to “protect” the mine. This “protection” involved heavily-armed masked men patrolling the area, with an eye towards intimidating protesters. Fortunately, these security forces were forced to leave after their paperwork was found to be fraudulent. However, there is nothing preventing Cline from using similar action to deter protest in the future.
It is utterly disgusting that a supposed titan of industry would choose to use his money and influence to push ahead this project without the consent of those who will be affected negatively by it. We must urge Governor Scott Walker to actually serve Wisconsin’s citizenry by blocking the construction of this mine.
Dear Governor Walker,
Billionaire mining mogul Chris Cline is currently building a massive, open-pit tacomite mine on the edge of Lake Superior. Toxic mercury and shale runoff from the mine will pollute the waters of Lake Superior, which will in turn negatively affect the fish and land that the local Chippewa tribes rely on for food.
By allowing this mine to be built, you are only demonstrating to the people of Wisconsin that you care more for the interests of big business over those of the people. We urge you to take action to end this rape of the planet as quickly as you possibly can.
[Your Name Here]
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