HURLEY — Gogebic Taconite officials have invited residents of Iron and Ashland counties to sit down one-on-one to discuss plans for a mining operation here.
On Monday, G-Tac employees will meet with residents to answer questions and address concerns about the proposed iron ore mine near Upson, Wis. The meetings, by appointment only, will be held at various spots around the two counties.
The meetings are designed to help meet with residents who may be uncomfortable speaking in a public hearing format, according to Bob Seitz, spokesman for G-Tac.
“There are many people who want to learn more about the science and research behind the mining process, but are uncomfortable with the politicized nature of hearings,” Seitz said. “These sessions are by appointment only to ensure a safe, comfortable atmosphere where individuals can express their opinions without fear of those looking to disrupt public discussion.”
The day of meetings begins in Mercer at Subway from 7-8:30 a.m ., following by Sharon’s Coffee Company in Hurley from 9:30-11 a.m.
The afternoon sessions start at Joany’s Sidekicks in Iron Belt from noon to 1:30 p.m ., followed by Penokee Deli in Mellen from 2-3:30 p.m. and ending at the Vaughn Public Library in Ashland from 4:30-6 p.m.
To make an appointment, call G-Tac at 715-561-2601.
“We ask for respect for the people and believe they have a right to have their questions answered and discuss their opinions without fear of intimidation by partisan, political motivated groups,” Seitz said. “These sessions will provide that opportunity.”