Construction of Wisconsin Mine won't Start for Several Years

Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 --- 7:45p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Construction of a controversial mine in northern Wisconsin probably won't start for several years.

First the mining company would have to file for a mining permit, a request that would trigger a review by state and federal agencies lasting about two years. Other infrastructure would also need to be built to provide large-scale electrical power and transportation by rail or road.

That means the iron mine, which also faces a near-certain legal fight, could be years away from materializing.

Gogebic (goh-GEE'-bik) Taconite is the mining firm that expressed interest in a mine in northern Iron and Ashland counties. A Post-Crescent of Appleton report (http://post.cr/114H18b ) says the company will likely begin exploratory drilling when the weather warms up.

Other exploratory and regulatory steps will also slow down the process.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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