Green Light approved to drill for copper, gold in northern Wisconsin
Canadian Company GreenLight Metals, doing business as Green Light Wisconsin, has been conditionally approved to start exploratory drilling for copper and gold in northern Wisconsin, according to NBC15. It will need to meet additional requirements before it can begin, state regulators say.
The 40-acre site of interest is about 20 miles northwest of Medford in Taylor County and owned by the U.S. Forest Service. Last week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources authorized the company to drill up to eight holes that will impact under an acre of the Chequamegon–Nicolet National Forest.
The deposit is believed to contain 4 million tons of mostly copper and gold.
Green Light will be required to comply with detailed conditions for wetlands and waterways, erosion control, and endangered resources at the site. It expects the work, which will be conducted in phases, to take about 10 weeks.