Company may limit iron mine to 1 Wisconsin county

A road on the site of Gogebic Taconite's proposed mine in northwestern Wisconsin.
A road on the site of Gogebic Taconite's proposed mine in northwestern Wisconsin. (WLUK/Don Steffens, file)

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A company that wants to develop an iron ore mine in northwestern Wisconsin might limit the project to only one county instead of two.

A spokesman for Gogebic Taconite tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the company is considering building the mine solely in Iron County because of opposition from officials in adjacent Ashland County.

Gogebic’s plans have called for the proposed mine was to include Ashland and Iron counties.

Ashland County composes about 400 acres of the 3,200 acres of the site.

But with opposition in Ashland County, spokesman Bob Seitz says Gogebic officials will spend the winter studying how the site could be reconfigured to operate in Iron County without the loss of major iron ore reserves.

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