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Cold weather slows mining tests


MELLEN, Wis. (WSAU) -- Like many other outdoor jobs in the past few weeks, the weather is affecting productivity at the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine site in the Penokee Hills near Mellen. G-Tac has approval from the DNR to drill fifteen exploratory holes, but cold weather is hard on equipment and operators.

The frozen ground has allowed them to cross wetlands to access some drilling sites, and complete groundwater flow studies.

After this round of test drilling, Gogebic Taconite plans to conduct bulk sampling beginning in the next few weeks.