Residents in Wisconsin's Jackson County are suing to stop the development of two frac sand mining operations. The cases are the first of their kind in the state.
A group of 20 landowners neighboring two proposed frac sand mines in the Town of Alma and village of Hixton want a judge to declare the projects private nuisances. Tom Lister, the group’s attorney, said the judge will have to decide whether the mines would interfere with neighbors’ property rights and whether the need for the sand mines outweighs those rights. He argues there are already more mines than necessary.