Gogebic Taconite recently hired armed security guards at their northern Wisconsin mining site to protect their employees and equipment from protesters. (KDAL)
Violent eco-leftists vandalized the Gagebic Taconite iron ore site in Northern Wisconsin this week and assaulted a female employee. The leftists slashed tires and scratched a female employee.
JS Online reporter:
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Protesters entered the site of a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin this week and vandalized equipment and threatened people working on the site, a spokesman for the mining company said Thursday night.
Bob Seitz, spokesman for Gogebic Taconite, said protesters slashed tires on a work trailer on Tuesday morning where the company is conducting exploratory drilling as part of an assessment for a proposed $1.5 billion iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties.
The protesters also physically assaulted a female geologist and scratched her, according to Seitz. Other workers were yelled at before the protesters fled, Seitz said.
The actions are alleged to have taken place in a remote area of woods near Highway 77 in Iron County after 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
“This is eco-terrorisim,” Seitz said. “There is no doubt it is eco-terrorism when your head is wrapped like Al Qaida and people are yelling things at people and threatening them.”
Iron County Sheriff Tony Furyk issued a statement Wednesday saying the protesters had scattered into nearby woods by the time officers arrived. He says investigators are looking into allegations one of the protesters stole a geologist’s camera.