MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Tensions between state regulators and a company that wants to put an open pit iron mine in northern Wisconsin could be a signal of more conflict yet to come. Gogebic Taconite mining company and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources got into a public dispute last week over how much regulatory authority remains in the agency’s hands under a 2013 law that rolled back environmental restrictions to make mining easier. The Wisconsin State Journal reports ( ) the dispute over what is allowed and what isn’t under the untested mining law may be a preview of what is to come when the company seeks a permit for the mine. Company spokesman Bob Seitz says rounds and rounds of questions from an overzealous DNR have delayed the process.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal,