Ironwood Could Provide Water for G-Tac Mining Operation

By KBJR News 1

Ironwood Could Provide Water for G-Tac Mining Operation

March 2, 2012 Updated Mar 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Wisc. Public Radio) - Ironwood, Michigan could be pitching-in to help process taconite, if Gogebic Taconite puts an iron ore mine in the Penokee Range.

Our partners at Wisconsin Public Radio report in a tentative deal, 1.2 million gallons of water a day could be coming from Ironwood for processing.

The water would have to be piped 22 miles to the mine site near Mellen, Wisconsin.

The Ironwood water and sewer manager says sending the water to G-Tac would generate income for the city.

The city currently produces 800,000 gallons of water a day, but can generate up to 3.7 million gallons a day.

The G-Tac mining project is currently stalled awaiting passage of legislation to streamline the mining process.

The Legislature's budget committee is scheduled to vote on the bill next week.