Monday, April 7, 2014

Major WI Frac Sand Mining Hearing Runs Tues.- Fri. This Week

With science taking a back to seat in Wisconsin environmental management at Scott Walker's "chamber of commerce mentality" DNR, it's important to help drive policy-making towards genuine stewardship and public purposes when the opportunities arise.

A recent mega-dairy expansion opposed by the public interest attorneys at Midwest Environmental Advocates was one such example, and MEA is again taking the lead this week by challenging a permit to open yet another frac sand mine in Trempeleau County.

The hearing begins Tuesday in Madison. Here is the official hearing notice.

Some details:

Madison hearing: The first portion of the hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8 and continue through Thursday April 10 at the Division of Hearings and Appeals, 5005 University Ave. Ste. 201 in Madison, WI. 

The DHA website has directions to the building. The judge is in charge of setting the schedules for each day and he will set breaks for lunch and the end of the day based on the time needed to allow witnesses to speak.

Trempeleau hearing: Public testimony at Trempealeau County Courthouse begins at noon on Friday, April 11th, with public comments taken on an air pollution permit. The courthouse is located at 36245 Main St. in Whitehall, WI. 

Parking is available on the street and in the back of the building. Use the stairs or elevator to go to the lower level and find signs for the Tremplo Room in the back hallway. The Tremplo Room has free wi-fi, but cell phone reception will be little to none.

Those wishing to testify are strongly encouraged to arrive at the courthouse at noon. Though the Tremplo room has been reserved after business hours, access to the building after 5:00 p.m. requires entrance through the Rear Entrance #2 door in the back of the building and the police department will buzz people in. 

People are advised to arrive before the end of the business day. 


Sura said...

What about people who can't make it to those locations? Is there another way to register our voices?

Anonymous said...

I like Judge Bolt but you really need to present him not only with information and emotion but with questions he should be asking. He can ask witnesses questions about anything but attorneys can only ask about things that are included in written testimony. Also defendants can't object to his questions. So if you go, give the judge some suggested questions.

Tim said...

"With science taking a back to seat in Wisconsin environmental management"

Your post is light on support for this statement. I do business with Wisconsin frac sand companies, and I've seen "science" to support the claims of both sides.

In any case, what do you propose to do besides offer objection? Do you want the whole thing shut down or would you be happy with greater oversight?