Hearing Tuesday On Penokee Range Iron Mine

10/22/11 – The jobs committee in the Wisconsin Assembly plans to hold a hearing in Hurley next Thursday to talk about a possible iron mine nearby. The hearing will be held at the Hurley School District auditorium. Officials with local governments, tribal representatives and the general public will be allowed to comment on Gogebic Taconite’s plan to mine millions of tons of iron ore from the Penokee Range. Hundreds of jobs could be created by the project, though conservationists warn against pollution. Plans for the mine are on hold right now. Company officials have said they want lawmakers to streamline the permitting process before they move forward.