Take heed, Wisconsin! Huge iron mines have gouged and poisoned Michigan

Upper Peninsula pits offer perspective on Wisconsin mine proposal
By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel
Nov. 5, 2011

Ishpeming, Mich. – The Empire Mine is big and deep, spanning a mile across and plunging 1,200 feet to its lowest point.

Trucks that carry rock from the depths of the iron ore mine are the size of two-story houses and burn 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel a day.

The electric bill from this massive mining complex in the Upper Peninsula is bigger than the Milwaukee Brewers’ 2011 payroll.

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