UPDATE Area residents including members of the Bad River and Lac Courte Oreilles Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa overflowed the board room. After long discussion the Ashland County Mining Impact Committee decided to reconvene next week, when the panel will review a bulk sampling ordinance. The chair assigned several committee members to prepare an ordinance that would not allow natural occurring asbestos to be disturbed.
A mining company says it has temporarily withdrawn its armed guards from an exploratory drilling site in northwestern Wisconsin.
Gogebic Taconite spokesman Bob Seitz tells the Wisconsin State Journal the guards from Bulletproof Securities were pulled out Wednesday because the contractor failed to obtain proper licensing from the state.
He says the company has two or three other options and will rely on them until state approval is received.