Wisconsin DNR Approves Exploratory Permit for Gogebic Taconite

By KBJR News 1

Fall colors near Hurley, WI in the Penokee Range

May 30, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The Wisconsin DNR has approved Gogebic Taconite's application to begin exploratory drilling in the Penokee Range.

Gogebic Taconite plans to drill eight holes along a four mile stretch, just east of Mellen, Wisconsin.

This is the first exploration license issued under the state's new mining law that was enacted earlier this year.

Gogebic Taconite had originally applied to drill 13 holes, however company officials removed five of the test holes until they can gain additional information on storm water issues.

G-TAC hopes to have the mine up and running within the next five years.

Written by Krista Burns