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Mining company asks for fewer exploration drills

Published On: May 16 2013 05:36:37 PM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2013 05:49:54 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

A mining company has reduced the number of test holes it plans to make for a proposed iron ore mine near Lake Superior.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said Gogebic Taconite withdrew its earlier exploration license application and submitted a replacement application Thursday.

DNR Waste and Materials Management Program director Ann Coakley said Gogebic is now proposing to drill eight exploration borings instead of the 13 the company originally proposed.

Company officials said they removed five of the original test holes so they could gather more information to address stormwater issues. That need was identified when DNR staff inspected the proposed drilling locations and access roads Tuesday.

The department will review the new application. Gogebic may reapply for a license for additional exploration borings in the future.

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