Judge denies key permit for Monroe County sand project; Meteor Timber sought to fill rare wetlands
A judge has declined to reinstate a key permit for a Georgia company seeking to build a controversial frac sand operation in Monroe County.

Monroe County Circuit Judge Todd Ziegler ruled Monday that the state Department of Natural Resources violated the law when it granted Meteor Timber a permit to fill 16.25 acres of wetlands for the $75 million project.

Ziegler’s oral ruling affirms an administrative law judge’s decision to revoke the permit, finding that Meteor failed to demonstrate its project would not result in significant adverse impacts to the environment....

Ken Notes: This will not go away because the project can outspend the Environmental advocates and the Ho-Chunk Nation by a lot. Also there will be lobbing efforts at every level of government. Finally frac sand is an industry that is based on oil prices. Now that oil is cheap they are shutting down but in the future as prices rise the industry will restart. Sand is a commodity like silver or gold....

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