A mining company has received conditional approval to begin exploratory drilling for copper and gold in Taylor County. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources authorized the company’s plans on May 4. The state DNR metallic mineral exploration approval grants the company to drill up to eight holes at six sites impacting less than an acre within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

State regulators say the Canadian company, GreenLight Metals, doing business as Green Light Wisconsin, must still meet additional requirements before work gets underway. Original authorization had been granted for the 2022-23 winter to lessen drilling impact on the area. Drilling had been postponed as granting agencies required additional project information.