The proposed Gogebic Taconite
(GTac) mine seeks to develop the Ironwood Iron Formation between Upson and Mellen, in Iron and Ashland Counties, Wisconsin.
The Ironwood Iron
Formation is mapped by the US Geological Survey
Gogebic Taconite claims
the iron formation is similar in quality to the iron currently being mined
in Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range.
Matt Fifield, Managing Director of Gogebic
Taconite, discussed the merits of the GTac project and iron formation
during the public meeting in Ashland, Wisconsin, on January 19, 2011. He answered three questions:
is GTac’s relationship with La Pointe Iron
Company and RGGS?
is GTac interested in this deposit?
it’s so great, how come it hasn’t been mined?
Gogebic Taconite also has
similar information posted on their website:
the Characteristics that Make this Deposit Attractive
the GTac Iron Ore Deposit
Jack Parker, a retired
mining engineer from Baltic, Michigan, is skeptical about the Gogebic
Taconite proposal. In particular, he
claims Gogebic Taconite has done insufficient exploratory drilling to
support GTac’s claims about the quality of the
in Forestry: January
2012 Newsletter (Interview with Jack Parker, retired mining
by Jack Parker.
February 15, 2012: Democracy,
March 7, 2012: The
In June 2011 GTac said
is on hold until Wisconsin rewrites mining laws. Are they bluffing? How much will Wisconsin weaken
environmental protections to increase profits for Gogebic Taconite?
Other links &
Silver Fox: A Parable (Woods Person Blog, 10/25/2011)
Daily Globe letter to editor, 2/1/2012
Legislative Fiscal Bureau: Fiscal
Impacts of 2011 Assembly Bill 426 on the DNR.
Legislative Fiscal Bureau: Metalliferous Mining: Taxes Under
Current Law and 2011 Assembly Bill 426.
to Joint Finance Committee by Sue and Alan Drum (3/1/2012)