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Suit filed to stop frac-sand mine in Crawford County

BRIDGEPORT, WI (WTAQ) - Opponents of a new frac-sand mine in a scenic part of southwest Wisconsin filed a lawsuit Wednesday to throw out two permits granted by a local town board.

The lawsuit alleges that two members of the Bridgeport Town Board in Crawford County had in-laws working for the Pattison Sand Company when they voted for the permits. It also accuses of town of violating zoning ordinances, by not considering potential negative effects.

The mine’s neighbors filed the suit, along with an environmental group called the Crawford Stewardship Project. The two board members in question did not immediately comment.

Thursday, the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board is scheduled to vote on a permit for the frac-sand mine, located several miles east of the Mississippi River near the Iowa border. The area is protected for its natural beauty.

Some Riverway Board members recently wrote that the mine is a bad idea but a loophole in state law would force them to vote for the permits.

Board director Mark Cupp says the new lawsuit does not affect his group directly – and therefore, it should not change his panel’s decision-making process.