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Trempealeau County vs. frac-sand mining company headed to state Supreme Court

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All Energy Corp. says county denied mine for “hidden reasons.”

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is getting ready to hear arguments in a lawsuit over frac-sand mining in Trempealeau County.

Back in May, an appeals court ruled in favor of the county, saying its government did not violate any laws by rejecting an All Energy Corp. sand mining permit in the Arcadia, Wis., area.  All Energy wanted argued that a county committee had “hidden reasons” for turning down the mine project three years ago – though those reasons were not disclosed.

The company feels it didn’t get a fair trial and there wasn’t enough evidence to turn it away.

Trempealeau County was in the middle of a year-long moratorium against sand mining when the vote was taken. Since, the Environmental Protection Agency has flip-flopped on fracking, now saying that it can affect drinking water under some circumstances.

The state Supreme Court will look at the county’s process for reviewing land use permits. The hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11.

 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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