Iron County officials anticipate new developer for mine
HURLEY, Wis. (AP) -- Iron County officials say other developers with better qualifications than Gogebic Taconite are interested in mining ore in the Penokee Hills.
County Board members met last week with representatives from La Pointe Iron Co., which owns much of the land in northern Wisconsin that Gogebic Taconite tried to develop before pulling out in February. One county board member says Gogebic Taconite's performance may make it harder for another developer to gain the public's trust.
He tells the Wisconsin State Journal that county residents will likely remain divided on the mine because of environmental concerns.
But if state and federal regulators can guarantee the environment won't suffer, he says the mine might be worth pursuing because it could bring jobs to an area that desperately needs them.