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Protest looks to derail Gogebic Taconite's planned iron ore mine

WASHBURN, WI (WTAQ) - "SOS, Protect Our Water." That message is written on the ice of Lake Superior, just off Washburn in Bayfield County.

About 200 people helped write the message during the weekend, as a protest against Gogebic Taconite's plan to build an iron ore mine in nearby Ashland and Iron counties.

The Northland's News Center, a multi-station TV newsroom in Duluth, has video of the icy message on its Web site. It quoted participants as saying they wanted to defend the area's surrounding waters.

Gogebic Taconite is about to dig up tons of rock, to help check out the feasibility of the proposed mine.

Republicans in Madison have approved a speed-up permit process, saying the proposed mine could attract thousands of jobs to a region that desperately needs them.

Environmentalists say it could pollute the Bad River tribal watershed downstream from the mining site.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)