2013 - Statewide Victory

Defeating frac sand mining along the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

When the Pattison Sand Company, an out-of-state mining company with a history of environmental violations, pursued a permit to mine for frac sand along the banks of the Lower Wisconsin Scenic Riverway, Wisconsin Conservation Voters sprang into action generating more than 2,200 letters to board members and turning out to the hearings in big numbers. In the end, the Board cast a decisive 6-2 vote rejecting the permit. Most observers did not expect that outcome, and certainly not by such a wide margin.