Wis. Lawmakers Ask Gogebic Taconite to Remove Guards

Posted at: 07/08/2013 5:16 PM
Updated at: 07/09/2013 1:19 PM

Photo: Rob Ganson

Wisconsin lawmakers have called upon the president of Gogebic Taconite to remove heavily armed and masked guards from the drill site in the Penokee Hills.

In a letter sent to G-Tac President Bill Williams Monday, state Senator Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, and Representative Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, are asking him to immediately remove the heavily armed and masked security unit recently hired to protect the site.

The lawmakers called the images of the guards "horrifying." They added that "these kinds of security forces are common in third world countries but they don't belong in Northern Wisconsin."

When reached for comment, G-Tac spokesperson Bob Seitz said the company has had hired security on site since the incident with protesters last month during their first day of drilling.

Seitz added G-Tac must provide a safe work environment for their team and that the measures used to secure the area is up to the security companies hired. He said given the protest incident last month, it was appropriate for the guards to be armed.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will investigate the site this week.