A mining company has reduced the number of test holes it plans to make for a proposed iron ore mine near Lake Superior.
Activists are planning a training session on how to stop a giant iron mine in far northwestern Wisconsin.
The state Natural Resources Board is scheduled to vote next week on a scope statement for rules implementing Republican changes to Wisconsin’s mining regulations.
A mining company has applied for an exploratory license to begin the process of opening an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin near Lake Superior.
Republican legislative leaders at the state party convention are touting passage of a bill designed to make it easier to open an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin and promising to cut taxes.
While building a new iron-ore mine is a gargantuan task, it also requires several intermediate steps that can each be daunting by itself. That means construction of a controversial mine in northern Wisconsin probably won’t start for several years.
Although Gov. Scott Walker has signed a mining bill aimed at encouraging construction of an iron mine in northern Wisconsin, there’s still uncertainty about the future of mining in the state. And looking to neighboring states for perspective doesn’t clear things up very much.
Ever since Gogebic Taconite announced its interest in digging a miles-long open-pit iron mine in Ashland and Iron counties, the two sides have been bracing for verbal and legal combat.
Gov. Scott Walker signed Republicans’ polarizing mining bill into law Monday, completing a months-long, all-out campaign to jump-start a giant iron mine in far northwestern Wisconsin.
The overhaul of the state’s mining regulations seems a foregone conclusion as legislation heads to the Assembly where the Republicans hold a 60-39 majority.