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If you have questions or comments about the Gogebic Taconite mining project, please email us at:
DNRWAMINING-GOGEBICTACONITE@Wisconsin.gov
If you have technical questions about the project, please contact:
Larry Lynch
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608-267-7553

Gogebic Taconite, LLC, potential mining project Location: Iron and Ashland counties

The Gogebic Iron Range is an 80-mile long belt of distinctive Precambrian bedrock in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It stretches east to west, roughly from Lake Gogebic in Michigan to Lake Namekagon in Wisconsin.

The Penokee/Gogebic Deposit generally refers to a 21-mile long segment of the Gogebic Iron Range between the community of Upson and Mineral Lake in Wisconsin. The deposit contains 20-30 percent iron in the form of magnetite. Because the iron ore is of lower grade than the natural hematitic ores mined previously in northern Wisconsin, the ore must be concentrated and processed into taconite pellets prior to shipping to a steel mill.

Regulation of ferrous mining activity

Activities related to ferrous mining are subject to regulation by the DNR under Ch. 295, subchapter III, Wis. Stats. [exit DNR] The regulatory framework was established in 2013 Wisconsin Act 1 [PDF exit DNR], which became effective on March 26, 2013. Specific phases of mining related activities regulated under this law include exploration (drilling), bulk sampling, mining and reclamation.

Gogebic Taconite, LLC, application process

Most of the surface and mineral rights for the land containing the deposit are currently owned by the LaPointe Iron Company and RGGS Land & Minerals, Ltd., which have optioned potential development of the deposit to Gogebic Taconite, LLC.

Gogebic is currently considering development along a four-mile stretch east of the community of Mellen. The area of interest straddles the boundary between Iron and Ashland counties and lies between Tyler Forks River to the east and Ballou Creek to the west.

If developed, the project would likely include an open pit mining operation, a plant site and waste disposal facilities.

Bulk sample plan

Bulk sample plan

Gogebic Taconite, LLC, submitted a bulk sample plan on June 17, 2013. The company submitted a revised bulk sample plan on November 25, 2013.

Exploration licenses

Exploration license application materials

Gogebic Taconite, LLC, submitted a revised first exploration license application on May 16, 2013, and a second exploration license application on December 31, 2013. The company submitted renewal applications for both licenses on June 24, 2014.

Withdrawn exploration license application materials

Gogebic Taconite, LLC, submitted exploration license application materials on May 9, 2013. The company withdrew the application request on May 16, 2013.

Miscellaneous

Managed Forest Law (MFL) lands

Additional correspondence

Correspondence between DNR and Gogebic Taconite, LLC
Correspondence between DNR and US Army Corps of Engineers

2011 Gogebic Taconite, LLC, application materials

The DNR issued Gogebic Taconite an exploration license in spring 2011 and performed a site inspection for the installation of eight boreholes in April 2011. The DNR also issued a storm water permit in June 2011. Drilling was scheduled for June 2011, but the company suspended all exploration activities and the boreholes were not completed.

Last revised: Thursday August 21 2014