Monday , 26 June 2017

DNR APPROVES SAND MINING PROJECT WITH LARGE WETLANDS LOSS

A timber company’s plans to develop a $65 million sand processing facility between Tomah and Black River Falls that would destroy a large swath of wetlands were approved by the Department of Natural Resources on Friday. Meteor Timber is proposing to construct a plant and rail transfer site in Monroe County where sand from a nearby mine it owns would be shipped to drillers in Texas and North Dakota, where production is ramping up. Meteor, a large private landowner with extensive forest holdings in the Wisconsin, has touted the economics of the project and its willingness to take extra steps to make up for the loss of wetlands. But environmentalists have been critical of the company’s plans because of the large wetlands loss and potential harm to wildlife and the ecosystem. The DNR approved plans by the company to destroy 16.25 acres of wetlands, including 13.37 acres of white pine and red maple swamp. A white pine, red maple swamp is considered imperiled by the DNR because there are few remaining sites in Wisconsin. Meteor’s plans would be the largest wetlands loss from the sand industry in a decade, according to the DNR. http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2017/05/20/dnr-approves-sand-mining-project-large-wetlands-loss/333855001/

 

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