APPLETON, Wis. - Construction of a controversial mine in northern Wisconsin probably won't start for several years.
First the mining company would have to file for a mining permit, a request that would trigger a review by state and federal agencies lasting about two years. Other infrastructure would also need to be built to provide large-scale electrical power and transportation by rail or road.
That means the iron mine, which also faces a near-certain legal fight, could be years away from materializing.
Gogebic Taconite is the mining firm that expressed interest in a mine in northern Iron and Ashland counties. A Post-Crescent of Appleton report states the company will likely begin exploratory drilling when the weather warms up.
Other exploratory and regulatory steps will also slow down the process.