Gogebic Taconite http://wxpr.org en DNR Approves More Exploratory Drilling in Penokees http://wxpr.org/post/dnr-approves-more-exploratory-drilling-penokees <p>Gogebic Taconite can continue with exploratory drilling this summer.&nbsp;</p><p>The DNR has authorized the mining company to drill six additional holes, and approved its request to renew two exploration licenses within a 4-mile area of the Penokee Range.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The DNR has also granted a stormwater permit so the company can make improvements to an existing road used to access some of the drill sites.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:45:42 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 21190 at http://wxpr.org New Drill Hole Requests At Proposed Penokee Mine Site http://wxpr.org/post/new-drill-hole-requests-proposed-penokee-mine-site <p></p><p>Gogebic Taconite has filed a request with the state to renew two exploratory drilling permits for the Penokee Hills mine site.</p><p><br />DNR hydrologist Larry Lynch says the company has filed paperwork to renew their exploration licenses....<br /><br /><em>"....one of the renewal applications included provisions to drill six more exploration bore holes on the site. We also received a revised stormwater permit application and that application is to cover road improvement on the site....."</em></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:18:40 +0000 Ken Krall 20917 at http://wxpr.org New Drill Hole Requests At Proposed Penokee Mine Site Walker Says Science Should Decide EPA's Mining Involvement http://wxpr.org/post/walker-says-science-should-decide-epas-mining-involvement <p>Governor Scott Walker says he hopes the EPA won’t intervene based on political reasons to stop an iron mine permitting process from moving forward.&nbsp;</p><p>Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes have asked the federal agency to step in before the state DNR or the Army Corps of Engineers reviews a proposed mine in the Penokee Hills.&nbsp; The tribes say water quality and fisheries protected by treaty rights are at stake.</p><p>Stopping in Rhinelander today, Governor Walker said state laws offer strong environmental protections.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:35:35 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 20561 at http://wxpr.org Walker Says Science Should Decide EPA's Mining Involvement Mining Forum Draws Large Crowd http://wxpr.org/post/mining-forum-draws-large-crowd <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Almost 400 people attended a forum hosted by Science on Tap on the proposed Penokee Mine project.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A panel of six speakers discussed the facts and context of an iron mine that Gogebic Taconite wants to build in the Penokee Range.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 05:34:40 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 19353 at http://wxpr.org Gogebic Taconite Plans More Drilling, Data Collection in Penokees http://wxpr.org/post/gogebic-taconite-plans-more-drilling-data-collection-penokees <p>Gogebic Taconite has indicated it plans to drill more holes in the Penokee Range this summer, though the DNR says the company hasn’t yet applied for the needed permission.</p><p>DNR hydrologist and mining project lead Larry Lynch says the DNR must first grant a license for any exploratory drilling.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>“So in order to get that they have to give us the locations of the holes, what their target depths might be, how they intend to maintain the site, handle stormwater…basically give us a good description of what they intend to do.”&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 21:33:34 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 19035 at http://wxpr.org Gogebic Taconite Plans More Drilling, Data Collection in Penokees Bewley: No One From Ashland Co. Named To Mining Board http://wxpr.org/post/bewley-no-one-ashland-co-named-mining-board <p>A Northwoods legislator is asking questions about an announcement Friday concerning a board that helps local communities deal with mining.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 03:41:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17798 at http://wxpr.org Bewley: No One From Ashland Co. Named To Mining Board DNR Outlines Permit Requirements for GTac Mine http://wxpr.org/post/dnr-outlines-permit-requirements-gtac-mine <p>The Wisconsin DNR has responded to Gogebic Taconite’s initial plan for an iron mine in the Penokee Range.&nbsp;</p><p>The company filed its pre-application notification last June…which consisted of preliminary plans and a stated intent to file a mining permit.</p><p>The DNR <a href="http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Mines/documents/gogebic/PreappNotificationInfoLetter20140310.pdf" target="_blank">has responded with a list</a> of required permits and environmental data that the company will need to prepare.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:22:33 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 15461 at http://wxpr.org Activists Test Limits of 600' Restricted Zone http://wxpr.org/post/activists-test-limits-600-restricted-zone <p>Groups of snowshoers continue to traverse areas where Gogebic Taconite is drilling and sampling. &nbsp;</p><p>A <a href="http://docs.legis.wi.gov/2013/related/acts/81" target="_blank">new law</a> forbids the public from coming within 600 feet of equipment and roads used for iron mining.&nbsp; &nbsp;But those opposed to the measure say it’s designed to hide environmental damage from the public.&nbsp;</p><p>Paul DeMain organized a recent trip to the Tyler Forks.&nbsp; He says some activists are hoping for a citation, in hopes of challenging the law in court.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:31:30 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 14035 at http://wxpr.org Activists Test Limits of 600' Restricted Zone GTac Applies for More Exploratory Drilling http://wxpr.org/post/gtac-applies-more-exploratory-drilling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gogebic Taconite wants to drill more exploratory holes in the </span>Penokee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hills this winter. &nbsp;T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he mining company has applied for a permit to drill an additional 15 holes.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:56:42 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 12743 at http://wxpr.org GTac Applies for More Exploratory Drilling Mine Sample Plan Submitted To DNR http://wxpr.org/post/mine-sample-plan-submitted-dnr <p>The mining company has submitted it's revised plan to sample iron ore at a mine site in the Penokee Hills, and a DNR spokesperson says they've identified the remaining issues.</p><p>The initial plan for Gogebic Taconite's desire to mine the large site in Iron and Ashland counties involves submitting what's called a Bulk Sampling Plan.</p><p>DNR spokesperson Larry Lynch says the agency has determined specific permits will be needed...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:55:22 +0000 Ken Krall 11885 at http://wxpr.org Mine Sample Plan Submitted To DNR