Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin, Inc/Penokee Hills Education Project Update (09.13.2012)

Welcome to the Penokee Hills Education Project (PHEP), a program for the Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin, Inc. PHEP was formed in June of 2011 to help educate the citizens of Wisconsin on the impacts of a large open pit iron mine that was being proposed for Northern Wisconsin in the Penokee Range, 30 miles south of Lake Superior. 

We have been very active in the past year attending and sponsoring many informational meetings throughout the state and region. PHEP members have attended all of the public hearings held in Wisconsin, worked closely with a number of legislators, partnered with Northland College of Ashland, Wisconsin to host a week long series of mining impact programs and held a day long public Mining Forum in conjunction with the series programs. We were hosts to around 200 citizens, conservation groups, boards, staff, and a number of state legislators for tours of the Penokee Range including the proposed mine site.

To stay informed and bring quality information to the public, PHEP has cooperated with many conservation organizations including; Northland College, The League of Conservation Voters, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, River Alliance, Wisconsin Environmental Advocates, GLIFWC, Trout Unlimited, Sierra Club, Clean Wisconsin, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.  

PHEP will have a presence at a number of events this fall including the Lake Superior Binational Forum/UMAN conference in Marquette, MI and Fighting Bob Fest in Madison, WI.

We are ramping up for what we feel will be another attempt to pass AB426 or a similar mining bill this fall. We want to keep you in informed. You can help us by liking and sharing us on Facebook and follow our Twitter feed. Please visit our website ( where you can support us financially and find contact information.

Thank you for your interest and support of the Penokee Hills Education Project.