A proposal to dig what could be one of North America’s largest open pit iron mines in northern Wisconsin pits corporate interests against a coalition of tribes and local residents.
On March 11, 2013, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation that rewrote the state's iron mining laws, paving the way for Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) to dig a $1.5 billion open-pit mine in the pristine woods of the Penokee mountain range. The mine, which could eventually reach 22-miles in length, provoked an immediate standoff. On one side is GTAC and its supporters anxious for jobs in an area with unemployment double the national average. On the other stand the tribes, residents, and political leaders intent on preserving the land and protecting the water from contamination. Fault Lines follows the unfolding battle on the ground and traces the way money and power have influenced the laws that will determine whether and how this mine gets built.
CREDITS FOR 371 PRODUCTIONS:
DIRECTOR: Brad Lichtenstein @bradleylbar
SENIOR PRODUCER: Brad Lichtenstein @bradleylbar
PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Jason Longo, Brad Lichtenstein, Margaret Byrne
PRODUCERS: Devon Cupery @dcupery , Colin Sytsma @ColinSytsma
ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Spencer Chumbley, Robb Fischer, Colin Sytsma
SOUND: Colin Sytsma, Jacob Fatke
EDITOR: Joe Winston
WRITTEN BY: Brad Lichtenstein
RESEARCH: Devon Cupery, Colin Sytsma
PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE: Gregory Bishop, Paul Kjelland, Antonio Vargas
CREDITS FOR FAULT LINES:
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mathieu Skene
CORRESPONDENT: Josh Rushing @joshrushing
COMMISSIONING PRODUCER: Lucy Kennedy @lucymkennedy
SENIOR PRODUCER: Carrie Lozano @carrielozano
SENIOR DIGITAL PRODUCER: Kristen Taylor @kthread
DIGITAL PRODUCER: Nikhil Swaminathan @sw4mi
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