Wisconsin Frack Plant Opponents Sue Agency Over Self-Review

Clean Wisconsin Argues DNR Overstepped Authority When Agreeing To Review Judge's Ruling


An environmental group and the Ho-Chunk Nation are suing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources over its handling of a permit for a Georgia timber company that wants to build a $75 million frack sand operation in the state.

Clean Wisconsin argues that the department’s secretary, Dan Meyer, overstepped his authority when he agreed to review a judge’s ruling that had invalidated a permit issued to Meteor Timber for a proposed processing and loading facility in Monroe County.

The La Crosse Tribune reports that companion complaints filed Monday seek to block the ongoing review while a judge considers whether the DNR’s rules allow the agency to potentially reverse a judge’s order.

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DNR spokesman Jim Dick declined to comment to the newspaper, citing the pending litigation.