The former head of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources criticized the agency’s decision to allow a Georgia company to build a frac sand operation on Monroe County wetlands and legislative attempts to exempt the project from the appeals process.

…A spokesman for a pro-business group supporting the mine said the project will support hundreds of jobs and the opponents were simply trying to “cause a ruckus.”

“The Natural Resource Development Association once again stands by the edict that not allowing this project to proceed will be a massive determent to the surrounding environment,” Nathan Conrad said. “Those bringing about the obstructionist actions against this project should be ashamed of themselves for the falsehoods that have been put forward.”…

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