Nerison’s Mining Bill and the Copper Creek Hi-Cap Well
The only reason the Hi Capacity well site off Hwy 171 in Crawford County is not pumping is due to a regulation that required public notice since the well was to be situated within 50 yards of a class “A” trout stream. Today the project is on hold, due to the outrage and action of hundreds of people who worked to end the threat of the well to the health of the stream and the ground water. If the language in the Mining Bill that Assemblyman Lee Nerison supported were to become law, you can say good by to Copper Creek.
Nerison supported the bill to give a clear pathway and slippery advantage for the development of the Hi Cap well proposed by Dr. Long on Copper Creek in Crawford County. Even though the bill is written in the context of the mining industry, the language regarding wet lands, and ground water pave the way to provide precedent to stack the deck in favor of Dr. Long’s plan to pump hundreds of thousands of gallons of water within a few feet of a Class A trout stream.
In fact, if Dr. Long (pictured right – lower left) were to describe his venture as a mining operation, he would hold all the cards, and any opposition from the local community, township, or county would be trumped by the long and tedious language that would tie the hands of opposition in the shackles of regulatory language, time lines, and a regulatory soup of obstruction.
Nerison voted in favor of the bill that would silence the voices of municipal governments and county boards and open the door to commercial interest like Mr. Long’s Hi Cap well. Trout streams and ground water be damed, pumped, and held captive to the interests of “job creators” like Dr. Long, Gogebic Taconite of Hurley, and well heeled folks in Texas, California, and Wyoming.
Make no mistake about the bill’s implications for Hi Cap wells
The 183 page bill was filled with language that makes the building code look like a pamphlet. Below is on excerpt of the language that goes on and on. Even though the words suggest any number of procedures to challenge a “job creator”, what follows is a jig-saw puzzle of hoops to jump through in order to oppose the action. In nearly every case it disguises the forest with whole tracts of trees that can be summed up in a few words:
If the “job creators” want to endanger your trout stream, they can.
From LRB?3520/1 -Assembly Mining Bill approved by Nerison
The bill further provides that if the applicant
cannot meet the general requirements by implementing conservation measures,
DNR shall nevertheless issue the mining water withdrawal permit if DNR
determines that the public benefits resulting from the iron mining operation exceed
any injury to public rights in a body of water that is affected by the mining operation.
Nerison Elected to Assembly 2004; – Long enough.
Lee Nerison either fails to understand the implication of the mining bill or he is deaf to his constituents who cannot be heard over the cash register rings as money from California, Texas, and Wyoming poor into his campaign chest. Ever wonder why these folks across the country are so interested in the workings of Crawford and Vernon Counties?
Because Lee Nerison has demonstrated that he will march in step to pass a Mining Bill
Nerison, Rep. Lee (96th A.Dist.; Rep. pictured below/right)
Lee Nerison is a rubber stamp for interested Millionaires across the land
He voted for the Walker budget, Voter ID Law, the Mining Bill. As a matter of fact he voted for every radical bill passed in the Assembly. Nerison also accepts more privatize school money from such out of state millionaires like Betsy DeVos, Richard Sharpe and the Fisher family than almost anyone else in the Assembly. He says he standsfor main street and mom and pop shops. How can that be when he takes the max. donation allowed under law from the Walton family of Walmart fame. Mr. Nerison does not represent the people of the 96th district he represents his rich out of state donors. Nerison has really fooled the people of the 96th district.
Shot List of Nerison Contributers
11/18/2009 Walton, Alice Millsap, TX Walmart Stores $500.00
Tom Johnson is you best hope over Dr. Long, Gogebic Taconite and out of state money
“Johnson attended college and enlisted in the Air Force, where he was injured and became a amputee – but that does not stop him. Mr. Johnson has been a small business manager and an active political volunteers for years. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Viroqua Area Rotary Club (President Elect), The Viroqua Community Theater and the Eagles Club.”
Johnson for Assembly
210 South Main Street
Viroqua, WI 54665
PHONE. (608) 606-3320