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February 13, 2020 at 1:10:55 pm
MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources received a Metallic Mineral Exploration License application and Notice of Intent to Drill from Badger Minerals, LLC, on Jan. 29. Badger Minerals is a subsidiary of Can-America Minerals, Inc. of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The exploration license was issued Feb. 11.
Any company that wishes to conduct metallic mineral exploration in Wisconsin must first obtain an Exploration License per NR 130, Wis. Adm. Code. Once the DNR receives a complete application for exploration, the department must issue a license within 10 business days in accordance with the code. Badger Minerals is also required to notify the DNR at least 10 days in advance of drilling once they have identified an exploration site.
The three planned drilling sites are located on private parcels owned by Badger Minerals and Heartwood Forestland Group in Schoepke in Oneida County. The proposed Badger Mineral drill sites are located directly adjacent to sites previously explored by Noranda in the late 1970s.
Badger Minerals exploration activities are planned for February and March and will include up to 10 boreholes totaling a maximum of 4,000 linear feet of borehole, including rock core samples. The boreholes will be 3 - 4 inches in diameter, allowing for cylindrical core samples to be removed for analysis. Upon completion of the exploration, boreholes must be appropriately abandoned and filled or sealed following the protocol outlined in NR 130.
View Schoepke Site application materials here. (Click the Schoepke Site tab.)