“Water is life. The quality of water determines the quality of life. This is a world-wide issue.” Bayfield Mayor Larry McDonald. Opposition to the mining legislation being pushed through both houses of our state government is growing. This is not a northern Wisconsin issue. This legislation could affect wetlands and waterways throughout the state.
February 26, 2013 by Barbara With
Yesterday, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe called a press conference to demonstrate growing solidarity against SB1/AB1, the mining bill that would strip control away from local governments and exempt mining companies from having to abide by current air and water standards. Members of a coalition made up of area elected officials asked for state-wide support against a bill that will ultimately jeopardize all of the water in the state.
Ashland Mayor Bill Whalen summed up the group’s unified message. “This is not a Native Sovereign issue vs. the State of Wisconsin. This is a water and legislative issue that affects us all.” Bayfield Mayor Larry McDonald quoted the Lake Superior Binational Forum in expressing the intricate relationship of water to the area. “Water is life. The quality of water determines the quality of life. This is a world-wide issue.”
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