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Appeals Court Addresses Anticipated Nuisance Claim in Frac Sand Case

Edward LawtonAugust 21, 2018
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently upheld the dismissal of a complaint brought by Town of Hixton landowners seeking a...

Court of Appeals Sends Silica Rule Back to OSHA

Micheal HahnDecember 22, 2017
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC issued a ruling on industry and union challenges to the new...

More Than Dust in the Wind: OSHA’s New Silica Standard Affects All Industries

Micheal Hahn
Three years after proposing new silica dust rules, OSHA has now published final rules that drastically reduce the permissible exposure...

OSHA Releases Final Silica Rules

Buck Sweeney, Micheal HahnMarch 24, 2016
After almost three years since OSHA proposed new respirable silica dust rules, the agency announced the final rules today, March...

Understanding Frac Sand Mining

Buck Sweeney
Buck Sweeney explains the recent hot topic of frac sand mining.

Details Count When Contracting to Buy/Sell Frac Sand Land

Buck Sweeney, Mitch OlsonNovember 4, 2013
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently issued a decision instructive to both buyers and sellers of frac sand resource land....

Police Powers Expand – Frac Sand Pressures

Mitch Olson
Mitchell Olson discusses the decision in the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court Case Zwiefelhoefer v. Town of Cooks Valley.

Summary of Recent Frac Sand Forum in Wisconsin

Mitch OlsonDecember 21, 2012
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, recently presented a three-part forum entitled Fracking: The Wisconsin Connection. The series...

Wisconsin Supreme Court Establishes Test to Distinguish Zoning Ordinances from Licensing Ordinances: Expect Widespread Regulation via Town Police Powers

Mitch OlsonFebruary 15, 2012
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued a decision in a critical case addressing the scope and authority of unzoned towns...