Northern Wisconsin is home to some of the state’s most abundant and valuable natural resources. Minerals like copper are in high demand because they are among the key components of clean energy technology. Through today’s advancements in technology, mining companies could operate in an environmentally responsible manner in the Badger State, but a state mining moratorium passed in 1998 left Wisconsin on the sidelines of this economic boon. Recently, Wisconsin legislators passed and the Governor signed the Mining for America Act, 2017 Assembly Bill 499. Now, the state finally has the opportunity to see fantastic economic growth while keeping in place sound environmental controls that will keep Wisconsin’s land pristine for generations to come.
Well-regulated mining can be done safely, and will create good-paying jobs and boost the economy of local communities. Mining has always been important to Wisconsin, but the majority of metallic mining laws have not changed much in 40 years.
A single typical mine in Wisconsin could create 300 permanent jobs with an average compensation package of between $81,000 to $88,000 a year, which is similar to workers in neighboring states.
Sound practices and advancements in technology, which are encouraged by the input of the resource development community, can bring jobs and economic growth to communities that have been devastated by burdensome regulations and economic stagnation.
Natural Resource Development Association Letter to Legislators (DOWNLOAD)
Myth vs. Fact (DOWNLOAD)
By the Numbers (DOWNLOAD)
Natural Resource Development Association Flambeau Mine Case Study (DOWNLOAD)
Opinion: The People of Northern Wisconsin Deserve this Chance – Senator Russ Decker (DOWNLOAD)
Opinion: Repeal the Mining Moratorium – Nathan Conrad, Communications Director, Natural Resource Development (DOWNLOAD)
Opinion: Mining Will Offer a Bright Future to Marathon County – Chantae Lessard, Director of Social Performance and Engagement, Aquila Resources (DOWNLOAD)