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Walker Confident Gogebic Taconite Will Return

Posted at: 11/28/2012 1:56 PM
Updated at: 11/28/2012 1:57 PM

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says he is confident that mining company Gogebic Taconite will return to Wisconsin if the Legislature passes a bill making it easier for them to open an iron ore mine.

Walker made his comments Wednesday after a speech at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, which has advocated for passage of a mining bill.  The bill is meant to change regulations to make it easier for a new mine to open in the Penokee Hills of Ashland and Iron counties, but has faced opposition from Native Americans and environmentalists.

The Legislature could not reach agreement on a mining bill last year. Walker drew applause at his speech when he mentioned the need to pass a bill, saying it would bring thousands of jobs to northern Wisconsin.

Florida-based Gogebic Taconite said it was giving up on the mine after the Republican version of the bill failed. But Walker says he thinks it would come back if a bill similar to last year's passes.

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