Hearing in Hurley on Gogebic mine proposal

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

Gogebic Taconite is asking the state Department of Natural Resources for permission to remove 4,000 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 expected to last all day Thursday. 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 tells Wisconsin Public Radio he expects a many of Wisconsin’s 11 tribes to be represented at the hearing.