Sulfide Mining In Wisconsin, And Sea Shanties, Matey!

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Heard On Simply Superior
Left: John Agacki, courtesy John Agacki Music. Right: Staff with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service meet with representatives of GreenLight Metals at the site of proposed drilling within the Chequmegon-Nicolet National Forest, courtesy of GreenLight Metals.

Residents of the greater Twin Ports are well-acquainted with the controversies surrounding sulfide mining, particularly with proposed mineral extraction projects in Minnesota’s Iron Range and on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Now, the debate spreads to Wisconsin with plans by Canada’s Green Light Metals to begin exploratory drilling for copper and gold in Taylor and Marathon Counties. On “Simply Superior” at 10 a.m. Friday, WPR’s Shereen Siewert discusses the history of mining in the region, including recent legislative action favoring mining interests, and ongoing concerns with Johnson Bridgwater, an organizer with Wisconsin River Alliance Water Advocates. Note: Green Light Metals was invited to participate in this broadcast, but the company did not supply a representative by the broadcast deadline.

Also, John Agacki is an indie artist from South Range whose musical genres range from country to classical. He also specializes in sea shanties, including some with tales of our own Great Unsalted Sea, Lake Superior. Agacki joins Simply Superior host Robin Washington with a selection of seafaring songs in advance of his all-shanty show at Wussow’s Concert Cafe in Duluth on Nov. 18.

Plus, a weekly roundup of the regional news with Rick Lubbers, executive editor of the Duluth News Tribune, and Maria Lockwood, reporter for the Superior Telegram.

Episode Credits

  • Robin Washington Host
  • Robin Washington Producer
  • Ezra Wall Producer
  • Shereen Siewert Interviewer
  • Robin Washington Interviewer
  • Johnson Bridgwater Guest
  • John Agacki Guest

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