Wisconsin DNR Approves Exploratory Drilling Permit For Gogebic Taconite

Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 7:16 am

The Wisconsin state Department of Natural Resources has approved an exploratory drilling permit for a company looking to open a giant iron mine in northwestern Wisconsin.

As we’ve reported before, Gogebic Taconite wants to dig a four-mile long open-pit mine in the Penokee Hills of Ashland and Iron Counties. Earlier this year, republicans in the state legislature passed a bill to ease the permitting process. Opponents say the mine will be bad for the environment.

The Associated Press reports that Gogebic Taconite officials filed an application with the DNR earlier this month to drill 13 exploratory holes but later scaled back the project to eight holes. DNR officials said the company made the move after agency staff asked for more information about potential wetland impacts from possible improvements on roads leading to five sites.

The DNR approved the application Thursday.

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