AT&T Allowed To Build Cell Tower Near BWCA

Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 11:30 am

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that AT&T can build a 450-foot cell tower near Ely.

The decision reverses a Hennepin County judge’s ruling that concluded a cell tower would have a “materially adverse effect on the environment.”

That decision was in line with an argument from The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, which filed a lawsuit to block the AT&T tower, saying the tower and flashing lights would be visible from Boundary Waters lakes.

The three-judge Court of Appeals panel decided the district court failed to properly weigh the relative severity of the effects of the proposed tower on sight lines from the BWCA.

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