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G-Tac submits exploration license application to DNR

The Department of Natural Resources has received an exploration license application from Gogebic Taconite LLC, for activities related to the Penokee/Gogebic deposit in Ashland and Iron counties, according to a news release issued Friday by the DNR. The company is proposing to drill 15 exploratory drillholes at the site.

Gogebic Taconite had applied for and received an exploration license last spring and drilled eight exploration drillholes last summer.

According to Ann Coakley, DNR Waste and Materials Management Program director, the agency will review and make a decision regarding the application within 10 business days, as required under the state’s iron mining law.

The applicationis available for viewing on DNR’s website at about the project. The agency has also created a  listserve at for anyone interested in receiving updates about the project.

The Penokee/Gogebic deposit is generally defined as the 21-mile western end of the 60-mile long Gogebic Iron Range, which stretches east to west from Lake Gogebic, Mich., to Mineral Lake, Wis.