Trucks With GTAC Rock Samples Roll Through Bad River Reservation

One Truck Is Stopped By Warden, Apparently Due To Safety Concerns


Large trucks hauling rock samples from two sites in the proposed iron ore mining site in the Penokee Hills made their way down Highway 2 through the Bad River reservation on Tuesday.

One of the trucks was stopped by a Bad River warden. Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins said the officer had safety concerns about the truck and what it was hauling.

“Our warden stopped that truck because of some drainage issues out the back of the gate – also for some of the safety concerns that he had at that time,” said Wiggins.

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Gogebic Taconite is sampling rocks in three sites in Iron County and trucking a total of 2,400 tons of rock to Minnesota’s Iron Range for testing. The work is expected to last a few days at two sites, but it could be longer at a third site.