Van Hollen settles with drilling company

Ashley Stinnett Sep. 23, 2009, 3:52pm

Van Hollen

WAUSAU, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on Wednesday reached a settlement with a Marathon County-based drilling company over allegations the business violated state natural resources laws.

Edward J. Drews and Drews Well Drilling, Inc., are being accused of constructing potable wells in central Wisconsin without complying with state laws.

The business failed to submit 107 water sample analysis results from newly constructed wells, according to Van Hollen.

The company is also being accused of constructing a high-capacity well and installing a hung well casing pipe without the legally required Department of Natural Resources approval.

On Nov. 14, the Department of Justice, at the request of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, filed the lawsuit against Drews.

According to the State, Drews has already submitted all of the outstanding water samples and reports to the state's Department of Natural Resources in order to remain in compliance.

In addition, Drews is ordered to pay $10,000 in forfeitures and penalties and provide the Department of Natural Resources with 24-hour notice for any well construction work in the future.

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