Supreme Court rejects cell tower appeal, allows construction of 450-foot tower
On August 21, 2012, the Minnesota Supreme Court denied the Friends’ request that the Court review the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling allowing AT&T to build a 450-foot cell phone tower on the edge of the BWCAW. The Friends prevailed at the district court, which found AT&T’s proposed tower violated the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act because it would have a material impact on the scenic and esthetic resources of the protected wilderness of the Boundary Waters.
The Supreme Court’s decision not to review this case is a disappointment and a loss for all of Minnesota’s protected natural resources. This tower is contrary to Minnesota’s values of environmental stewardship.
In light of this decision, we call on AT&T to do the right thing—leave the existing 199-foot tower in place, and do not build the 450-foot tower.
If AT&T builds its 450-foot tower — a tower that will permanently mar the wild horizons of at least 10 Boundary Waters lakes — AT&T will forever be known as having championed a new and dangerous precedent that will allow it, little by little, tower by tower, to erode the scenic resources of our beautiful state.
AT&T’s continued assertion that a 450-foot tower will somehow enhance public safety in and around the Boundary Waters is false. Here are the facts:
Minnesotans should be very concerned with this proposed tower, and they should be very worried about the other scenic, historic and cultural resources that are now at risk of being defaced by AT&T’s towers.
We are seeking additional resources to continue to protect and defend the Boundary Waters’ vistas and prevent the 450-foot tower from being built. We welcome support from anyone concerned about this issue and encourage donations here.
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