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Walker Still Thinks A Mine Near Ashland Is Possible

Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday he still holds out hope for an iron mine in northern Wisconsin.

Walker told the Associated Press that he’s requesting mining experts and conservation leaders get together to see if there’s a way to get the mine near Ashland approved. He predicts modified legislation could be considered by the end of the year.

Legislation to streamline mine permitting and clear the way for a $1.5 billion Gogebic Taconite mine failed in the Senate in March. After that, Gogebic president Bill Williams said the company was leaving Wisconsin altogether.

The mine could bring as many as 700 jobs to an area that strongly needs employment. The Journal Sentinel reports Walker believes the mining bill failed because of recall-driven politics. Of course walker will face Dem. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on June 5 in a recall election.

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