On Air Now

Current Show

WSAU Wisconsin Morning News   5:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Seth Mela, Tom King and Chris Conley

Show Info »

Upcoming Shows

Program Schedule »

Listen

Listen Live Now » 550 AM Wausau, WI 99.9 FM Stevens Point, WI

Weather

Current Conditions(Wausau,WI 54403)

More Weather »
39° Feels Like: 36°
Wind: ESE 5 mph Past 24 hrs - Precip: 0”
Current Radar for Zip

Today

Partly Cloudy 61°

Tonight

Partly Cloudy 42°

Tomorrow

PM Rain 65°

Alerts

Appeals court OK's new frac sand mine

GILMANTON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A proposed frac-sand mine appears to have the green light in far western Wisconsin, after a state appeals court upheld Buffalo County's approval of the project. A three-judge panel in Wausau yesterday affirmed a circuit judge's refusal to overturn a conditional use permit for R-and-J Rolling Acres to run a 125-acre silica-sand operation.

Mike O'Connor of rural Gilmanton objected to higher traffic volumes of heavy trucks going to-and-from the mining site. He also challenged the Buffalo County Board of Adjustment's approval of a revised traffic proposal in 2012, saying it was similar to the one the board originally turned down. The mine's developer, Glacier Sands, said there were no laws against non-metallic mining in the county's agricultural district -- and there were no laws preventing a revised application from being taken up.

O'Connor's lawyer, John Ekman, tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram he might appeal the matter to the State Supreme Court. An attorney for the board of adjustment said it acted on additional information from the mine's operator -- and because it addressed previous concerns, he does not believe the Supreme Court would consider an appeal request.

Comments