Gogebic Taconite http://wxpr.org en 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 Gogebic Taconite President In Spain Groundwater Case http://wxpr.org/post/gogebic-taconite-president-spain-groundwater-case <p>The president of the company that's pursuing a new iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin may be tied to alleged environmental violations at a mine in Spain. Bill Williams of Gogebic Taconite was previously a manager of Cobre Las Cruces, an open pit mine in Spain that's accused of breaking laws in the handling of the mine's groundwater.</p><p>The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the Seville Justice Ministry in Spain rejected an appeal this month from the mine's owners -- and its managers now face criminal charges for allegedly exposing local groundwater to high levels of arsenic.</p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:09:58 +0000 Wheeler News-Learfield Data 11284 at http://wxpr.org Gogebic Taconite President In Spain Groundwater Case Managed Forest Exception Tabled For Now, But Still In the Works http://wxpr.org/post/managed-forest-exception-tabled-now-still-works <p>A state lawmaker says he’ll keep working on a bill that would allow Gogebic Taconite to restrict public access to the site of a proposed iron mine.&nbsp; Right now the area is open to public recreation under the managed forest program. &nbsp;</p><p>After pulling the legislation from the Senate calendar, Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst says he’ll make revisions in hopes of getting the votes he needs.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 8260 at http://wxpr.org Managed Forest Exception Tabled For Now, But Still In the Works Town Opposes Changes to Managed Forest Law http://wxpr.org/post/town-opposes-changes-managed-forest-law <p>Some local officials aren’t thrilled with a state senate bill allowing Gogebic Taconite to cut off public access from its proposed mine site. &nbsp;</p><p>The area sits on managed forest land, meaning property owners get a tax break if they open their land to public recreation.&nbsp; Under a bill authored by Senator Tom Tiffany, GTac could close about 4000 acres and pay only a small increase in taxes, rather than a higher tax rate associated with managed forest closed to public access.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 7954 at http://wxpr.org Town Opposes Changes to Managed Forest Law More Water Data Needed For Mine EIS http://wxpr.org/post/more-water-data-needed-mine-eis <P>There's been a call to gather data over a longer period of time to see the impact of mining on water bodies near the proposed G-TAC (Gogebic Taconite)&nbsp;mine.</P> <P>At a recent Iron County Citizen's Forum, Matt Hudson from Northland College in Ashland and Tony Janisch from the Bad River Watershed Association made presentations about the need for more science before a decision is made on mining.</P> <P>Terry Daulton from the Citizen's Forum says Hudson talked about the need to gather data...</P> <P><I><U> </U></I></P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P><I><U>"...Matt Hudson from Northland College ta Wed, 11 Sep 2013 19:22:33 +0000 Ken Krall 7811 at http://wxpr.org More Water Data Needed For Mine EIS GTac Mine, Bulk Sampling Proposal Up For Public Comment http://wxpr.org/post/gtac-mine-bulk-sampling-proposal-public-comment <p>Members of the public have a chance to weigh in on an open pit mine proposal in Iron County next week.&nbsp;</p><p>The DNR is holding an info session and public hearing on August 15<sup>th</sup> in Hurley.&nbsp; Staff will provide details about Gogebic Taconite’s plan for bulk sampling, where the company would remove 4-thousand tons of rock for analysis.&nbsp; DNR mining spokesperson Ann Coakley says the hearing will also cover GTac’s overall mining plan…which has been submitted to the DNR in a preapplication.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:13:01 +0000 Natalie Jablonski & Ken Krall 6090 at http://wxpr.org GTac Mine, Bulk Sampling Proposal Up For Public Comment Armed Guards at GTAC Site Draw Ire, But Not From Lt. Governor http://wxpr.org/post/armed-guards-gtac-site-draw-ire-not-lt-governor <p>Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor says worker safety is a priority at the Gogebic Taconite mine site in Iron County.&nbsp;</p><p>The company has drawn criticism for hiring military-style security guards armed with assault weapons to patrol the drilling area.&nbsp; Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch&nbsp;points out GTAC is working to bring jobs to the area.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>“I think we have a duty to make sure that those folks, who are working to better that double digit unemployment rate that we talk so much about, are safe.”</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:04:37 +0000 Natalie Jablonski & Ken Krall 4792 at http://wxpr.org Armed Guards at GTAC Site Draw Ire, But Not From Lt. Governor