Deer Tail Press republishes and makes available, at no charge to the public, select reports regarding the Flambeau Mine that have a bearing on the evaluation of new mining proposals in the Great Lakes region and beyond.
- SUMMARY – Flambeau Mine: Water Contamination and Selective “Alternative Facts” – Robert E. Moran, Ph.D. / remwater.org / April 11, 2017
Dr. Robert Moran is a Geochemist and Hydrogeologist with 45 years of domestic and international experience with mining and water quality issues in both the public and private sectors. He has reviewed the development of the Flambeau Mine including permitting efforts, the short operating period and years of monitoring.
To quote Dr. Moran: “Flambeau ground and surface water quality is being and has been degraded—despite years of industry public relations statements touting the success of the FMC operation. Rio Tinto said in a 2013 public relations (PR) release regarding the Flambeau Mine: “Testing shows conclusively that ground water quality surrounding the site is as good as it was before mining.” In efforts to encourage development of the other metal-sulfide deposits in northern Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region, the industry approach has been to simply repeat this false statement over and over, assuming that repetition will make it believed. Unfortunately, the FMC data show otherwise.”
To access Dr. Moran’s summary report in its entirety, please click HERE.
For a listing of some of the critical points included in Dr. Moran’s report, please click HERE.
For a related briefing paper from the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council (Tomahawk, WI) and the John Muir Chapter of the Sierra Club (Madison, WI), please click HERE.
- PolyMet Decision: The Flambeau Factor, submitted by Laura Gauger to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Health and Office of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, December 4, 2015.
- For a version of the report containing live links to referenced documents, please CLICK HERE.
- For additional comments that accompanied Gauger’s submission, please click on the following link: Comments on NorthMet Mining Project and Land Exchange Final Environmental Impact Statement – and – Objection to NorthMet Land Exchange Decision, submitted by Laura Gauger to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Health, and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, December 4, 2015.
- Evidence on the Flambeau Mine for the Wisconsin Legislature, Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, January 2013.