Hurley, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) -- Gogebic Taconite President Bill Williams may face criminal charges for crimes and continuing damage to the environment in connection with mining operations in Spain.
According to the Spanish newspaper, El Correo de Andalucia, charges were filed in a criminal complaint in 2008 against executives at the mining firm, Cobre Las Cruces.
According to our partners at the Ashland Daily Press, Williams was the Director of Mining for the mining project in Spain until Jan. of 2011.
The newspaper alleges illegal construction of tailings ponds with contaminated water, illegal groundwater drawdown and arsenic contamination of an aquifer.
The Daily Press says Williams is no longer associated with that mining company which has been taken over by First Quantum Minerals of Canada which acquired Inmet Mining in March of this year.
Williams is now the president of Gogebic Taconite who has proposed to build a four mile long Iron Ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties in Northwest Wis.
Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.