Mining

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.

Caterpillar Profit Plunges

Jul 24, 2013
Caterpillar
Mark Sardella, Flickr

Peoria, Illinois based Caterpillar says second quarter profit fell 43 percent.

A mine protester charged with theft has been released on a signature bond.

Governor Walker wants people who disrupt mine testing in northern Wisconsin, "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

A mining company says it has temporarily withdrawn its armed guards from an exploratory drilling site in northwestern Wisconsin.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. 

The Wisconsin DNR wants more details from Gogebic Taconite, the company interesting in mining iron ore south of Lake Superior.

Pete Rasmussen

Gogebic Taconite wants to excavate five sites in northern Wisconsin, in order to assess the quality and quantity of the area's buried iron ore. The company estimates removing, at most, 10,000 tons of material from each half-acre location.

Gogebic Taconite Gets Exploratory Permit

May 31, 2013

The DNR has granted an exploratory permit to Gogebic Taconite, the company that wants to open a giant iron mine in northern Wisconsin.

The DNR must have raised questions about five locations where Gogebic Taconite wanted to dig test holes in northern Wisconsin. State inspectors visited the sites this week, after the company submitted an application to do the work.  Now G-Tac has submitted a new application with the State of Wisconsin, asking for DNR approval to dig eight holes instead of 13.

Susan Bence

Plenty of journalists have covered – over the past year or so – the often hostile legislative and environmental battle that surrounded proposed iron or mining in the far-off Penokee Hills – located just below Lake Superior.

Although Wisconsin has a new mining law that streamlines permitting; and Gogebic Taconite – a company that sprouted from a Florida-based business – has begun its application process, writer Erik Gunn with Milwaukee Magazine thought the subject deserved a fresh examination.

Controversy continues churning in Wisconsin over a potential mining operation in the far north.Advocates say the venture promises much-needed jobs; opponents fear irreparable damage to pristine waterways and wetlands.Last month, Republican lawmakers pushed a strongly debated bill through the Assembly. A Senate Select Committee could unveil its version as early as today.

Stop in at a town or county meeting in western Wisconsin, and frac sand mining is likely to top the agenda - namely, balancing the demands of a mining operation with concerns of residents.

We continue our exploration of frac sand mining that is sweeping western Wisconsin landscapes.

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