Since many DeForest Area Progressives have a deep interest in the mining issues as they play out in Wisconsin, I thought you'd be interested in the mining-related resolutions to be considered at this weekend's Wisconsin Democratic Party convention. Inside the parentheses are the congressional district Dems who sponsored the resolution. "Adopt" means that the DPW committee on resolutions recommended a vote by delegates to adopt the resolution. John
RESOLUTIONS CONCERNING AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
13-AGE-01: SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE MINING LEGISLATION (1ST,, 2ND 3RD, AND 8TH CDS , 88WORDS); ADOPT
WHEREAS, Wisconsin has a beautiful environment with clean air, water, and other natural resources;
WHEREAS, many of Wisconsin’s natural resources are not renewable if destroyed or contaminated;
WHEREAS, protection of our ground and surface water is a state public trust responsibility; and,
WHEREAS, new mining methods have been developed that could potentially endanger those natural resources that factor in to Wisconsin’s quality of life;
THEREFORE, RESOLVED, the DPW will not support modifications to legislation for existing mines or creation of new mines that may jeopardize Wisconsin’s natural resources.
13-AGE-02: CITIZEN PROTECTIONS FROM INDUSTRIAL FRAC SAND MINING (3RD CD, 82WORDS); ADOPT
WHEREAS, there is a massive land grab by the Wisconsin sand mining industry;
WHEREAS, frac sand mines, processing plants, and transportation facilities generate huge clouds of silica dust, which causes health hazards, while putting drinking water at risk; and,
WHEREAS, many citizens and communities have serious concerns about industrial frac sand mining adversely affecting their health, safety and general welfare;
THEREFORE, RESOLVED, the DPW supports state legislation to protect property owners, buyers, and neighbors with required permits, and strong public health protections.
13-AGE-03: NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS AS RELATED TO MINING (7TH CD, 85WORDS); ADOPT
WHEREAS, the Wisconsin State Senate and Wisconsin State Assembly passed on straight party line votes mining bill SB1;
WHEREAS, Governor Scott Walker signed SB1 despite the opposition of a majority of Wisconsin citizens; and,
WHEREAS, neither the Governor nor the committee chairs consulted with Native American Leaders as required by the treaties of 1837, 1842, and 1854, in violation of the tribes’ Constitutional rights;
THEREFORE, RESOLVED, that the DPW support the Wisconsin Native tribes in their fight to prevent construction of the Gogebic Taconite Mine.
13-AGE-04: MINING BILL (8TH CD, 79WORDS); ADOPT
WHEREAS, the Mining Bill recently passed by the Wisconsin Legislature fails to protect Wisconsin jobs, local government interests, the environment and ignores the sovereignty of our Native American brothers and sisters; and,
WHEREAS, the bill was passed with votes of legislatures (sic) who voted against their constituents wishes;
THEREFORE, RESOLVED, that the DPW opposes this legislation and any startup construction until it is amended to include the interests of all affected by the building of any mine in this state.