Wisconsin Lawmakers Hold Mining Listening Session in Ashland

By KBJR News 1

February 9, 2013 Updated Feb 9, 2013 at 8:52 PM CDT

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Wisconsin lawmakers traveled to Ashland on Saturday to listen to what people in Northwestern Wisconsin had to say about the proposed mining bills from Republicans and Democrats.

Rep. Janet Bewly and Sen. Bob Jauch lead the listening session at the AmericInn.

This was a chance for senators to learn about people's concerns.

"There are additional facts that pop up all the time that are important for debate and that helps me be a better spokes person for the people who are potentially impacted by mining not only up here but else ware in Wisconsin," said Sen. (R-17) Dale Schultz.

It was also a chance for some of them to see the land.

"You really have to come and see, and then listen. To see the Pennoke hills to see the water shed to see the rivers and see the wetlands and really understand what people are talking about here," said Sen. (D-15) Tim Cullen.

What people are talking about is land and water pollution and how to avoid it, which is what Sen.Cullen is trying to do in his bill.

"I'm saying that if you can show the regulators, the DNR and the army core of engineers, that you can mine here without dumping waste into over burdened water, then you have a chance," he said.

A chance the people of northwestern Wisconsin are not taking lightly.

Over 60 people spoke to the senators at the listening session.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.