Milwaukee resident to walk to state Capitol in protest of proposed northern Wisconsin mine

Online Staff Report

MILWAUKEE — Starting Tuesday, Sept. 2, Milwaukee resident and political activist Alex Brower will walk from the Riverwest neighborhood in Milwaukee to the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison, Wis., to call on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to deny a mine permit for Gogebic Taconite in northern Wisconsin.

Gogebic Taconite plans to build an iron-ore mine in the Penokee Hills near Mellen, Wis. In his walk, Brower, 25, aims to raise awareness of the mining project and collect signatures on a petition asking the DNR to deny the permit. His walk will mostly follow Highway 18 from Milwaukee to Madison.

The DNR comment period for the mine pre-application has been extended to Sept. 17 — this is the opportunity for the DNR to hear a resounding ‘NO’ from the public on this mine,” said Brower.

We need to create a culture of environmental awareness and bring environmental stewardship back to this state,” said Brower. “I hope that many citizens are inspired to take action to stop this attack on the environment.”

The walk will be accompanied by several events: a kick-off Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the corner of Booth and Meinecke streets in Milwaukee, a travel stop Saturday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. at Barrie Park in Fort Atkinson, Wis., and a finale at the UW-Madison Union Terrace Monday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. The petition will be presented to the governor’s office Tuesday, Sept. 10.

To follow the campaign on twitter, follow the handle @stoptheminewi and use the hashtag #stoptheminewi. E-mail

Posted Sept. 3, 2013

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