Thursday, August 16th

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a permit to allow a Colorado company to fill Jackson County wetlands for a frac sand operation that is the subject of a lawsuit from neighbors.

OmniTRAX is proposing to build a processing plant and rail terminal fed by an adjacent mine via a nearly 2-mile conveyor belt. According to the application, OmniTrax intends to ship about 3 million tons of sand per year to oil fields in Texas and Montana.

The company says it needs to fill a little more than 4 acres of hardwood swamp land to build nearly 10 miles of rail along the banks of Halls Creek, a class II trout stream.