Judgment entered for Wisconsin in water case

Keith Loria Jan. 18, 2011, 11:15am

Van Hollen

LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Tuesday that he has received a default judgment against a well driller and his company for allegedly violating Wisconsin well drilling and safe drinking water laws.

Pepper R. Craft, doing business as Gary Lind Well Drilling, allegedly drilled 10 wells even though he and his company were unlicensed to do so.

Van Hollen filed the complaint on behalf of the Department of Natural Resources, alleging that the defendant submitted four inaccurate well reports, 144 late well construction reports and 127 late water samples.

The complaint further alleged that Craft failed to submit 28 well construction reports and 23 water samples.

When Craft didn't respond to the charges against him, the default judgment was entered, requiring him to pay $13,937.10 in forfeitures, costs and surcharges. Craft is also expected to submit all missing reports to the DNR.

"We will continue to work with the DNR to make sure that Wisconsin's environmental laws maintaining safe drinking water are followed," Van Hollen said.

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