Assembly Republicans moved closer Thursday to lifting Wisconsin's nearly 20-year ban on gold and silver mining, pushing sending to the Senate a bill that would eliminate the prohibition.
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Gov. Scott Walker voted to ban copper and gold mining in Wisconsin two decades ago. Now he may be asked to lift the one of-a-kind prohibition as his fellow Republicans push to continue opening up the state's north woods to mining.Read More »
The fight over whether to allow copper-nickel mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northeastern Minnesota is shifting to the state's capital city as the U.S. Forest Service opens a new set of public meetings on its proposal to bar minerals exploration and development on more than 234,000 acres near the pristine wilderness for up to 20 years.Read More »