Mining Debate Discussed at Thursday at Merrill Library

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

(Press Release) Frank Koehn of Ashland will give a free presentation and welcome discussion of Mining in Wisconsin in the Community Room at T. B. Scott Free Library, 106 W. First Street in Merrill on Thursday, February 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Mining is an integral part of Wisconsin's history and has often been important to the state's economy. Proponents of an open-pit iron mine in the Gogebic Range near Hurley emphasize the potential jobs and
economic impact it will generate.

However, such proposals are not without controversy. Can such projects can be undertaken with absolutely no runoff of heavy metals into groundwater or rivers? If the answer to that question is no, is there a level of such pollution that is not harmful to the environment?

Koehn is a retired high school teacher who served for twelve years on the Bayfield County Board of Supervisors.

"While we hoped to represent a variety of views at our program," says library assistant director Don Litzer, "we may count on our audience to provide that diversity. We welcome the free exchange of ideas, so long as everyone's opinion is respected."

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