Duluth, MN (KDAL) - By law they had ten days to process the application, but the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources needed only nine to sign-off on the exploratory drilling request submitted by Gogebic Taconite. Under their plan, the company will drill eight test holes in a four-mile area east of Mellen in eastern Ashland County and west-central Iron County. Gogebic Taconite is pushing to build an iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron Counties, along the Penokee-Gogebic deposit. The D-N-R says the company originally planned on drilling 13 holes, but they paired that figure back in order to determine the potential storm water and wetland effects after D-N-R officials visited the site. Earlier this year state lawmakers approved shortening the application review and decision process. The company’s license expires June 30th.
The application, DNR response letter and additional materials are available by searching the DNR website for “Gogebic Taconite Project.”