Gogebic Taconite

Response to Preapplication
2:22 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

DNR Outlines Permit Requirements for GTac Mine

The Wisconsin DNR has responded to Gogebic Taconite’s initial plan for an iron mine in the Penokee Range. 

The company filed its pre-application notification last June…which consisted of preliminary plans and a stated intent to file a mining permit.

The DNR has responded with a list of required permits and environmental data that the company will need to prepare. 

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Public Access Controversy
5:31 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Activists Test Limits of 600' Restricted Zone

Credit Andy Arthur

Groups of snowshoers continue to traverse areas where Gogebic Taconite is drilling and sampling.  

A new law forbids the public from coming within 600 feet of equipment and roads used for iron mining.   But those opposed to the measure say it’s designed to hide environmental damage from the public. 

Paul DeMain organized a recent trip to the Tyler Forks.  He says some activists are hoping for a citation, in hopes of challenging the law in court.

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Fifteen Extra Holes
3:56 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

GTac Applies for More Exploratory Drilling

Gogebic Taconite has proposed drilling 15 exploratory holes in Iron and Ashland counties.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Gogebic Taconite wants to drill more exploratory holes in the Penokee Hills this winter.  The mining company has applied for a permit to drill an additional 15 holes. 

The holes would be about 2 and a half inches in diameter, with depths ranging from 280 feet to almost 1500.   GTac drilled eight similar holes last summer.    DNR mining project lead Larry Lynch says these holes would be in different areas of the Penokee Range.

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Plan under review
1:55 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Mine Sample Plan Submitted To DNR

Taconite pellets
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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.

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.

DNR spokesperson Larry Lynch says the agency has determined specific permits will be needed...

 

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Accused of breaking groundwater rules
7:09 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Gogebic Taconite President In Spain Groundwater Case

Taconite pellets
Credit en.wikipedia.org

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.

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.

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Public Access Controversy
6:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Managed Forest Exception Tabled For Now, But Still In the Works

Credit Mark Sadowski

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.  Right now the area is open to public recreation under the managed forest program.  

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.

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A Question of Safety?
4:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Town Opposes Changes to Managed Forest Law

Gogebic Taconite's proposed mine sits off Highway 77, near the town of Anderson.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Some local officials aren’t thrilled with a state senate bill allowing Gogebic Taconite to cut off public access from its proposed mine site.  

The area sits on managed forest land, meaning property owners get a tax break if they open their land to public recreation.  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. 

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Recent Iron County Citizen's Forum meeting
2:22 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

More Water Data Needed For Mine EIS

Bad River Watershed
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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) mine.


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.


Terry Daulton from the Citizen's Forum says Hudson talked about the need to gather data...


 

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
5:13 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

GTac Mine, Bulk Sampling Proposal Up For Public Comment

The public has a chance to comment on a proposed mine in Iron County.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Members of the public have a chance to weigh in on an open pit mine proposal in Iron County next week. 

The DNR is holding an info session and public hearing on August 15th in Hurley.  Staff will provide details about Gogebic Taconite’s plan for bulk sampling, where the company would remove 4-thousand tons of rock for analysis.  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. 

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
4:04 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Armed Guards at GTAC Site Draw Ire, But Not From Lt. Governor

Shown: down the road from the mine proposed mine site near Upson, WI.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor says worker safety is a priority at the Gogebic Taconite mine site in Iron County. 

The company has drawn criticism for hiring military-style security guards armed with assault weapons to patrol the drilling area.  Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch points out GTAC is working to bring jobs to the area. 

“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.”

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