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December 2, 2021

11/15/2021 10:06:00 AM
State Supreme Court says no to blocking local injunction

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will not block an injunction filed in Dane County Court following a 6-1 vote Monday.
The request to block the injunction was made by those building the Cardinal-Hickory Creek power line from Iowa to Madison, WI. The injunction was ordered last month on a ruling by Dane County Circuit Judge Jacob Frost. The injunction puts a pause on construction while Frost reviews challenges to the project's permit.
The ruling will force the utilities to follow the traditional procedure of asking the court of appeals to review the injunction.
Opponents of the line have been unable to come up with $32 million needed to cover costs of a delay as work on the project unaffected by the injunction began last week. That group has been challenging the amount, saying it is too high.
The utilities have reported to have spent $156 million on the project, claiming it is critical for safer and more affordable energy for the future.
The line is proposed to run from the Hickory Creek substation in Iowa, through the Turkey River substation in Cassville then east to the Cardinal substation near Madison.
The line is the subject of multiple state and federal court challenges. It is a joint venture between American Transmission Company, ITC Midwest and Dairyland Power Co-operative.

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