The DNR renews Gogebic Taconite permits

By KBJR News 1

The DNR renews Gogebic Taconite permits

July 16, 2014 Updated Jul 16, 2014 at 7:16 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has approved renewal of Gogebic Taconite's two exploratory drilling licenses. Gogebic Taconite is behind the proposal of a mine in the Penokee Hills.

The DNR also is allowing them to obtain storm water permit coverage for road improvements. Gogebic Taconite says the road that would require coverage is the one that will be used to get to the exploration drill sites.

They say the coverage will "minimize site erosion and the potential for sediment to enter adjacent wetlands and waterways."

"Exploration licenses are required to conduct ferrous mineral exploratory drilling in Wisconsin. The DNR initially issued the first exploration license (#41001) May 30, 2013, for the drilling of eight holes," Gogebic Taconite said in their newsletter.

"The department issued the second license (#41002) January 16, 2014, and authorized an additional 15 holes. The renewal of license #41002 includes authorization to drill six additional exploration holes," they added.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Gogebic Taconite Project Coordinator at (608) 381–8684 or Lawrence.Lynch@Wisconsin.gov.

Ramona Marozas