Wisconsin may prevent the public from getting close to a proposed mine in northern Wisconsin.

A Republican state senator is proposing scaling back potential access restrictions to the forest surrounding an iron mine site just south of Lake Superior.

About 3,500 acres around the site in the Penokee Hills are part of the state's managed forest program, which grants landowners reduced fees in lieu of property taxes if they keep the land open for recreation.

Sen. Tom Tiffany introduced a bill in August to close all 3,500 acres after protesters emerged from the woods and accosted mine workers.

Local Rules for Mining a Hot Issue

Oct 24, 2013

There has been no shortage of opinions Thursday, on a bill to limit local regulation of mining. The Senate Committee took in hours of public comment before calling it a day at 7 pm.

Wisconsin has another divisive piece of legislation on its hands. It spells out local communities' role in  regulating mines.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says his chamber is too busy to consider a divisive Senate bill to limit local power over mining operations.

Two Wisconsin legislators have introduced a bill prohibiting local governments from regulating air and water quality, the use of explosives and disposal sites.

Two scientists claim they have found high levels of asbestos in rock samples, at one of Gogebic Taconite's testing sites in northern Wisconsin.

The author of a bill restricting how close people can get to a proposed mine in northern Wisconsin says he does not have enough votes.

UPDATE: The Senate Mining Committee advanced the proposal Thursday, sending it to the full state Senate.

Pete Rasmussen

Debate continues over a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.  The state legislature paved the way earlier this year for Gogebic Taconite to apply for permission to build the mine.

No single group stands out more in opposition to the proposed iron mine in Northern Wisconsin, than the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Its chairman recently took his "stop the mine" message to Governor Walker's office - with a unique approach.

One compelling element of the proposed iron mine in the Penokee Range is employment. An Ashland city councilor insists the area has multiple options for creating jobs.

Wisconsin’s heated debate over mining iron ore continues to flare. We visit the harvest camp the Lac Courte Oreilles band has set up on the edge of the proposed mine.

An overflow crowd applauded Monday night, when the Trempealeau County Board voted to stop issuing new permits for frack sand mining, for at least one year.

Mine Opponents Dominate Public Hearing in Hurley

Aug 16, 2013
Susan Bence

A steady stream of citizens flowed through the Hurley High School Gym on Thursday, to offer input on early phases of mine testing. Most oppose a company plan to extract iron ore nearby.