Northern Wisconsin (WQOW) - There's new video showing how intense the battle has become over mining in northern Wisconsin. The video is of a confrontation in the woods.
This week, we've seen the steps a company has taken to protect its proposed mining site along the Iron-Ashland County line.
Armed guards from an Arizona security company were hired. Gogebic Taconite has had concerns ever since an incident with protesters last month. For the first time, we're seeing video believed to be from that incident. The video was posted on Facebook on Wednesday. A camera was stolen from a woman in the video. Criminal charges were filed against a protester because of that. GTac says mining equipment was also damaged.
Also on Wednesday, WQOW News 18 learned those armed guards from Arizona are no longer on the job. The company hired by GTac, Bulletproof Securities, has been operating without a Wisconsin license. The state says the company has now applied for one and it typically takes two to three days to process a license for a security guard agency.
GTac says it won't use the guards again until all of the necessary approvals have been granted. The company says it has other options and will rely on those for the time being.