Judge Upholds County’s Decision To Reject Frac Sand Mine Application

AllEnergy Sand Says It Will Likely Appeal Circuit Court's Ruling


A Trempealeau County decision not to permit a frac sand mine has been upheld in circuit court.

Iowa-based AllEnergy Sand applied for a permit to build a 550-acre sand mine and processing plant in late 2013, just before Trempealeau County passed a year-long mining moratorium. County officials denied AllEnergy’s application saying it was rushed and incomplete.

The company went to court to overturn the rejection of the permit, but a judge upheld the decision this week.

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Board Supervisor Tim Zeglin said it’s an important win for the county.

“We feel that our resolve and demonstration of backbone has been upheld and vindicated and I hope other counties get a little backbone from us,” said Zeglin.

This is the second court battle AllEnergy has lost. Another suit sought $20 million in damages from the county.

An attorney for the company said they’ll appeal within the next month.