Opponents ask judge to halt La Crosse River marsh railroad expansion
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A group of rail safety and environmental advocates opposed to a railroad expansion project through the La Crosse River marsh is asking a judge to pause work on a second BNSF track until the court decides whether the company's permit is legal.
La Crosse County Commissioner Maureen Freedland and members of the grassroots organization Citizens Acting for Rail Safety filed a lawsuit in March against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The lawsuit claims the agency's environmental review of the project is inadequate, and also challenges the agency's rule for implementing the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act.
The group made the stay request in a motion filed Tuesday.
A BNSF representative declined to comment to the La Crosse Tribune (http://bit.ly/1ePs7O9 ). But an agency spokesman says it will oppose the stay.