Protesters cause disruption as mining company prepares to drill
Northern Wisconsin (WQOW) - Protesters confront a mining company as it begins to drill in northern Wisconsin.
This week, Gogebic Taconite is beginning the process of drilling eight exploratory holes near the Iron/Ashland County line. This is just one step of many in the approval process before it can actually dig an iron mine. G-Tac said it set up a rig on Tuesday. About a dozen people came out of the woods to protest. A cell phone and camera were allegedly taken from a geologist.
The Iron County sheriff says they're investigating what happened and says charges are pending. G-Tac says drilling has begun and is moving ahead on schedule. The company said protesters have created a nuisance and a safety hazard, but nothing more.
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