It has been decades, but one of our states Gold mines gets  tentative permit approval.

A Canadian exploratory mining company has been given a pass to open a pit gold, zinc and copper mine.   This would run along the Michigan - Wisconsin border.

The River Alliance of Wisconsin opposes the opening of the mine, they fear that pollution could possibly contaminate the Menominee River that flows into Green Bay.

Never the less the the application meets the requirements for approval under our states mining law.  If totally approved this would be the states first gold mine in decades.  Michigan's last gold mine , called The Ropes Mine, opened in the early 1880's and lasted about 14 years, and since that time gold mining has been limited to panning in river and streams.

If all said and done, and this mine pit opens, some say the mine could employ up to 250 people, and they say it would generate about $20 million in annual tax revenue.

Since the permit for this mine is tentative

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, the company has to gain final permitting and also submit engineering and mine design plans to prove the company has the bucks to follow through with the project.