Big government Republicans, the same ones that talk so passionately about local control, just took that precious local control away from Wisconsin communities to protect their water supplies. They did it by taking out...the judicial branch.
Water is there for Big Industry: Imagine the value of your home or business if your water supply dries up because of industry high capacity wells.
Republicans side with Industry: Like I've said before, Republicans are not a farmer’s best friend.
Judicial Branch Eliminated: What they can't win in court, they'll block from the courts. That’s what Republicans want, along with the loss of local control:
WPR: Starting on Monday, Wisconsin residents can no longer challenge state Department of Natural Resources permits for a high-capacity well if state officials failed to look at what the well might do to overall groundwater in the area. Republican lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker got rid of the cumulative impacts challenge when they passed the state budget a year ago.
Amber Meyer Smith of the group Clean Wisconsin. "Really, property owners are losing their ability to protect their property. More and more people … going to lose one more tool in their toolbox to protect their own access to water, for their wells, for drinking water, for access to their favorite lakes and rivers and streams."
A spokesperson for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos didn't respond to a request for comment, but has told other media that the new legal language protects the DNR by taking the judicial branch out of the permitting process. Some environmentalists haven't ruled out taking the new limits to court.