Mining Company May Back Out Of Building Mine In Northern Wisconsin

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 7:26 am

The head of a mining company that had been considering opening an iron mine in northern Wisconsin says it is dropping the project after the state Senate failed to pass a bill the company wanted.

Gogebic Taconite president Bill Williams said in a statement released Tuesday that the Senate’s inability to pass the bill easing regulations to speed licensing of a new mine “sends a clear message that Wisconsin will not welcome iron mining.” Williams says the company is ending plans to start the mine near Lake Superior.

Republican senators failed to gain enough support for the bill earlier on Tuesday after one GOP lawmaker joined Democrats in opposition. The bill remains alive, but time is running out as the session ends next week. The mine would have created an estimated 2300 jobs, but Democrats feared the environment would be impacted by the mine and refused to streamline the permitting process.

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