Between a Rock and a Hard Place — Geologist Jason Huberty Speaks Out

Monday, 25 November 2013 | buzz

The Wisconsin State Legislature created the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Service 116 years ago. The WGNHS’ mission reads: “We provide objective scientific information about the geology, mineral resources, water resources, soil, and biology of Wisconsin. We collect, interpret, disseminate, and archive natural resource information. We communicate the results of our activities through publications, technical talks, and responses to inquiries from the public. These activities support informed decision making by government, industry, business, and individual citizens of Wisconsin.”

But what if private industry and the government don’t care for the information presented, or the individual in the employ of the WGNHS who presents it? And does “providing objective scientific information” mean that the employees of the WGNHS cannot have opinions of their own outside of their work? Geologist Jason Huberty found out the answers to those questions the hard way — at the cost of his job. Jason joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on 11/25/2013 to talk about the political pressures that drove him from his job.

Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Citizen’s Media Cooperative.

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