HURLEY, Wis. (WSAU) - Gogebic Taconite has responded to DNR requests and questions from early July. A letter from GTAC to the DNR gave specific details about planned work on access roads, blasting activities for collecting bulk rock samples, and stormwater management.
Gogebic Taconite plans to use much of the rocks left behind from a 1960 U.S. Steel mining operation for the Bulk Sample Site tests. If successful, this will require no blasting and fewer sample sites. The mining company also had to outline their plans for restoring the sample sites and reestablishing vegetation.
Much of the land is in the state’s Managed Forestland Program, which means the public can hunt, fish, hike, and cross country ski on the property... but they cannot camp, bike or operate motor vehicles. GTAC stated they plan to establish a 300 foot safety perimeter and fence to protect the public from heavy equipment and possible blasting.