Penokee Hills Education Project hosts one on one meetings with public

By KBJR News 1

June 28, 2014 Updated Jun 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM CDT

Mellen, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- The Penokee Mountain Deli in Mellen Wisconsin was filled this afternoon with people seeking information about a proposed iron ore mine in Northern Wisconsin.

The group, the Penokee Hills Education Project, hosted talks around Northern Wisconsin on Friday to field questions people have about Gogebic Taconite's proposed mine project.

Gogebic Taconite is currently in the process of taking more core samples from the area, and testing the wetlands for data they can include in their environmental impact statement.

They say they need more information about the wetlands before they continue their plans.

Many people asked about the presence of asbestos in the hills, how many jobs a mine would create, and what impact it may have on the Bad River water shed.

"The Bad River Watershed, that whole area, is about 40 percent of the wetland of Lake Superior," said Frank Koehn, a member of PHEP. "All over the world and even here in the United States, people are crying for water. And we have an abundance of water and what we need to do is protect that for our kids and their kids."

Koehn says they are planning to have more one on one meetings with the public in the Park Falls area next week.

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