County Could Ask State for Frac Sand Ruling

By: Phil Levin Email
By: Phil Levin Email

Local officials are now hoping the state will help resolve disputes over frac sand transport roads.

As new plants prepare for business, heavy truckloads mean current infrastructure will need an update. In Marshfield, the Completion Industrial Minerals plant is almost complete. They are one of a few companies in central Wisconsin planning to mine frac sand and ship it to other areas to help extract oil.

A competitor has already agreed to pay for road updates near Wisconsin Rapids, but negotiations with others are incomplete.

On Tuesday the Wood County Board discussed asking the state to step in. Some hope Governor Walker will sign a rule outlining a frac sand mine's obligation to repair roads. That would prevent one city or county from creating a competitive advantage by charging less.

Wood County Board Chairman Lance Pliml expects to pass a resolution at their meeting next month.


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