According to published reports, Hurley police Saturday afternoon resulted in the closure of an area near the Gogebic Taconite office in the city because a suspicious backpack was found in the area.
The pack didn't contain any explosives, according to reports.
Gogebic Taconite is the company planning to build an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.
The company's president, Bill Williams, stated that an employee who had gone to the company's office Saturday morning had placed a call to him about 11 a.m. The employee inquired if Williams had left the backpack outside near the building. Williams told the employee he did not.
Hurley police said the package was placed in the front of the office and officials then isolated the area from the public. The area was cleared for access just before 4 p.m. when the backpack was determined not not to contain explosive materials. The incident remains under investigation, according to Hurley police.
The proposed mine near the Bad River Chippewa reservation has been a contentious issue across the state. Indian tribes and conservationists have voiced their opposition since the legislation was proposed last year and have said they will continue to fight the effort because they feel it will cause widespread pollution.