Attorneys Continue Negotiations in Wilbros Case, Per Judge’s Orders

Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck said Tuesday that parties for both Wilbros and the plaintiffs suing Wilbros continue to negotiate per the instructions of the judge overseeing the civil suit.

According to Ranck, the two sides are currently in the midst of a 15-day negotiating period to attempt to reach a new joint order modifying the original interim order on Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction. That order, first issued in January, made the Consent Order entered into between the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and Wilbros a court order.

This 15-day period comes after Judge Robert Adamson had ordered the two sides to communicate and consult with each other towards resolving the claims in the case for a 30-day period that started on May 10.

That 30-day period ended this week, starting the clock on the 15-day period.

If the two sides cannot agree to a joint order after the end of the 15-day period, Judge Adamson has ordered each side to submit its own proposed order modifying that interim order.

The court will hold a hearing then to address the sides’ positions.

Judge Adamson laid out these timelines and instructions in an order of continuance issued last month that delayed the civil trial that was scheduled to start last month.

Stephens County, the city of Toccoa, the Stephens County School System, and the Concerned Citizens of Toccoa-Stephens County citizens’ group are suing Wilbros and associated defendants over the odor coming from the Rose Lane facility.