Don't roll back environmental protections in our mining laws

When the iron mining bill failed to pass last March, we were happy to see that horrible piece of legislation die. But we also figured that wasn’t the end of Wisconsin’s mining fight. We were right. 

Now that the new legislative session has started, mining is again a hot topic.

Sign this petition to tell legislators that any mining legislation cannot rollback environmental protections.

Last session’s bad mining bill was written by and for mining companies and was environmentally destructive. This time around, legislators profess that they want a mining bill that protects our health and environment, but even their best efforts at revising the bill have come up devastatingly short of maintaining strong environmental protections. Let’s hold them accountable to their campaign statements and make sure environmental protection isn’t just an empty promise when it comes to mining.

Tell legislators we don’t want to sacrifice our health, air, water and special places for mining companies — keep any potential mining legislation strong and protective! Sign the petition TODAY

Dear Legislator:
As a Wisconsin resident, I am grateful for our state’s clean air and clean water. I value my health and appreciate that just a short drive will get me to a lovely natural place – a lake, a trail, one of our many state parks— and enjoy all that this great state offers.

When the iron mining bill failed to pass last March, I was happy to see that horrible piece of legislation die. But now that Gov. Walker and Republican leaders have made it clear mining legislation is a priority this session, I fear all that makes Wisconsin great – our pristine northern lakes, our safe drinking water, our breathable air, our lovely special places, the very core of what makes Wisconsin Wisconsin — may soon be lost.

The bottom line is this: Any future mining legislation cannot rollback environmental protections and must protect Wisconsin residents and our environment – not mining companies and their profits.

It is no secret that last session’s bad mining bill was written by and for mining companies. It silenced the voice of the public and rolled back commonsense environmental protections. In fact, the bill’s own legislative finding that it is “probable that mining these deposits will result in adverse impacts” to our natural resources highlights the need for strong environmental protections for mining.

According to a poll by Wisconsin Public Policy Institute, a conservative organization, only 37% of Wisconsin residents favor mining at the expense of our health and environment. In contrast, 51% want to keep mining laws strong. I am with the majority that wants to keep our mining laws strong. Should a mining bill come to fruition again, it cannot sacrifice our health, air, water and special places for mining companies.

Future mining legislation cannot be written solely for the benefit of the industry or a single company. It must be written by and for the people of Wisconsin who drink the water, breathe the air, and enjoy the places that make Wisconsin great. Keep any potential mining legislation strong and protective of Wisconsin's environment!

Sincerely,
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