Gogebic Taconite

Needed Before Mine Can Be Built
6:28 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Iron County Works On Mining Ordinance

Iron County has released a second draft of its metallic mining ordinance.

It outlines the process a mining company would need to follow for county approval, and includes a host of regulations and protections. 

Zoning Administrator Tom Bergman says the purpose of a local ordinance is to be more specific than state rules can be. For example, he says the draft includes a requirement that a mining company monitor and test nearby private wells.

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Fieldwork Done For Now
10:56 am
Mon October 20, 2014

DNR Says It's Quiet on the GTAC Front

The Wisconsin DNR is waiting for the next move from Gogebic Taconite, now that the company has stopped fieldwork operations for the year.

DNR hydrologist and project lead Larry Lynch says activity on the proposed mine site wrapped up last month. 

“They stopped their data collection in regard to surface monitoring, so right now there’s really nothing going on on the site.  They also stopped their road improvement work on one of the access roads.” 

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Penokee Mine One Top Issue
1:44 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Tribes To Talk Mining, Great Lakes Funding With EPA

Gogebic Taconite’s mine proposal isn’t the only topic the state’s Chippewa tribes plan to discuss when they meet with the EPA this week.

Sokaogon Chippewa Community Chairman Chris McGeshick  says the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is also on the agenda. 

McGeshick says the initiative hopes to focus its dollars within Great Lakes basins, but he hopes to clarify that the tribes can apply for other projects as well.

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Concern About Downstream Pollution from Mining
4:49 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Chippewa Tribes Set to Meet With EPA This Weekend

Tribal leaders are headed to Traverse City Michigan this weekend to meet with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. 

Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes have asked the EPA to intervene in Gogebic Taconite’s iron mining proposal.  They say Wisconsin’s iron mining  laws don’t do enough to protect crucial downstream resources like wild rice and fish…that are protected in the ceded territory by federal treaty rights. 

Lac du Flambeau chairman Tom Maulson says the tribes are in a unique position to safeguard the environment.

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Exploration, Data Gathering Continues
1:45 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

DNR Approves More Exploratory Drilling in Penokees

Gogebic Taconite can continue with exploratory drilling this summer. 

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.   

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.

The DNR originally granted the first license in May of last year, and the second one in January.  GTac has already drilled more than 20 holes in the proposed iron mine site area. 

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Under DNR review
2:18 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

New Drill Hole Requests At Proposed Penokee Mine Site

Taconite pellets
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Gogebic Taconite has filed a request with the state to renew two exploratory drilling permits for the Penokee Hills mine site.

DNR hydrologist Larry Lynch says the company has filed paperwork to renew their exploration licenses....

"....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....."

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Visiting the Northwoods
4:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Walker Says Science Should Decide EPA's Mining Involvement

Governor Scott Walker spoke at a luncheon Wednesday hosted by the Oneida County Republican party.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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. 

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.  The tribes say water quality and fisheries protected by treaty rights are at stake.

Stopping in Rhinelander today, Governor Walker said state laws offer strong environmental protections.

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Questions And Speculation
12:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Mining Forum Draws Large Crowd

Almost 400 people attended a forum hosted by Science on Tap on the proposed Penokee Mine project.

A panel of six speakers discussed the facts and context of an iron mine that Gogebic Taconite wants to build in the Penokee Range.

 

Panelists included Northland College Geology Professor Tom Fitz who detailed the different rock formations in the region. Other experts spoke about the economics and job creation associated with mining, the technologies of mine waste management, and the characteristics of the Bad River watershed.

 

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License Required to Bore Holes
4:33 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Gogebic Taconite Plans More Drilling, Data Collection in Penokees

Gogebic Taconite is working to collect environmental baseline data at the site of a proposed iron mine.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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.

DNR hydrologist and mining project lead Larry Lynch says the DNR must first grant a license for any exploratory drilling. 

“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.” 

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Board distributes funds
10:41 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Bewley: No One From Ashland Co. Named To Mining Board

Rep. Janet Bewley(D-Ashland)
Credit State of Wisconsin

A Northwoods legislator is asking questions about an announcement Friday concerning a board that helps local communities deal with mining.

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