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Hearing today on Gogebic Taconite's plans to gather samplesSubmitted: 08/15/2013
Story By Associated Press


HURLEY - For it or against it, people get their chance to say what they think about a proposed mine in Ashland and Iron counties.

A hearing on a plan to develop an iron ore mine in the Penokee Range is expected to draw a big crowd.

Gogebic Taconite is asking the state Department of Natural Resources for permission to remove 4-thousand tons of rock from the site for testing.

The company plans to use excavation equipment or explosives.

The hearing at the Hurley High School gym is scheduled to last all day long today.

Pro- and anti-mining groups, conservationists and business organizations are expected to speak.

The proposed mining site is in the watershed of Bad River and Lake Superior.

Bad River Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins expects a many of Wisconsin's 11 tribes to be represented at the hearing.

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