Rep.Mursau <Rep.Mursau@legis.wisconsin.gov> Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 10:22 AM
To: Frank Koehn <email@example.com>
Thank you for your patience waiting for an answer from this office.
I believe most members of the Wisconsin State Legislature are interested
in the streamlining of the DNR permitting process in general. I know
Representative Mursau and Senator Kedzie are.
I am not aware of legislators who are supporting the expansion of iron
ore mining in Wisconsin, though I know Rep. Mursau is interested in the
No lobbyists from WMC have indicated to me they are interested in this
topic. I believe WMC has many occupationally diverse members. They may
or may not be in the business of mining, I do not know.
I am unaware of any mining lobbyists who are contacting Assembly members
of the legislature. That does not mean they are not doing so, just that
I am unaware as no lobbyist has contacted this office and neither has
any other member of the Assembly or Senate spoken to us about mining
other than Rep. Milroy in a less than substantive conversation (he was
making us aware the topic might come up this legislative session).
I hope this answers your questions.Tim Gary
Wisconsin State Assembly
Office of Representative Jeff Mursau
36th Assembly District, Research Assistant
Committee on Natural Resources, Clerk
Committee on Forestry, Clerk
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708-8952
Representative Janet Bewley suggested I contact regarding a questions
I emailed to her. The questions that were asked include:
I am interested in knowing the names of the Assembly persons who are
supporting the following:
1. Streamlining the DNR permit process
2. Those who are supporting the expansion of iron ore mining in
Wisconsin, specifically in the Penokee hills region
In addition I am attempting to learn the names of the lobbyists who:
- may have contacted you that represent the mining interests
- lobbyists from Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce who are
supporting expanding iron ore mining or streamling the permit process
- are contacting your cohorts in the Assembly.
Representative Bewely was not very helpful and I hope you may be able
to be offer more help or other suggestions as to legislative contacts.
This request is to gather background information for an article which
will be published on the news website, savethewatersedge.com which is
providing information regarding the Penokee Hills mining project.
Frank K. Koehn