Public forum on mining to be held in Minocqua
A public deliberative forum on mining has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Town of Minocqua Center, 415 Menominee St., Minocqua. The purpose of the forum is for Oneida County residents to have a clear understanding of a referendum question on non-ferrous metallic mining is set to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The non-bind referendum asks voters: “After performing their due diligence, should Oneida County allow leasing of county owned lands in the town of Lynne for the purpose of metallic mineral exploration, prospecting, bulk sampling and mining?”
Representatives from the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation and the University of Wisconsin-Extension Oneida County will facilitate the forum.
The forum will allow for a question and answer period at the end, where attendees can ask about:
- The non-ferrous mineral mining processes;
- The infrastructure impacts of mining at the Lynne site;
- The environmental impacts of mining at the Lynne site;
- Economic and community impacts, assessment and planning the mine permitting process.
Public deliberative forums use a structured process to help attendees understand each perspective of the issue, its underlying values, and the benefits and drawbacks of each. One or more members of the Oneida County mining information initiative advisory panel will attend each public deliberative forum and will be available to answer questions during the question-and-answer period of the forum.
A website has been created to provide Oneida County residents with well-rounded information about mining, the referendum question on the upcoming election ballot, and notes from previous public forums in the county: