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Western Wisconsin (WQOW) - Two area lawmakers call frac sand mining an "economic powerhouse in the region" and then question a county highway department about how it's handling the businesses behind it.
Wood County wants frac sand companies to sign contracts that charge them to use its roads. The county came up with a per mile, per ton fee it would apply.
In Chippewa County, there are road use agreements in place that require companies to pay for repairs when there's damage. Senator Terry Moulton and Representative Scott Suder are taking issue with the plan in Wood County that would charge companies to maintain the roads in that county. They sent a letter to the county highway commissioner with a series of questions, concerned about what they called a potential negative impact these agreements could have on jobs.
For example, the lawmakers ask if these agreements take into account the job creation, property tax revenue and local investments the frac sand companies are putting into Wood County. This was the response from Wood County Highway Commissioner Douglas Passineau, "Yes, very much so. The agreements also recognize that if the state allocates any of its huge transportation budget to support this regional economic development, that there will be a charge offset for the frac sand companies."
The county is calling for these contracts to take effect next month. Passineau called for a meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday.
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The UW-Eau Claire Police Department has informed me that the body of David Patrick Rodgers was recovered Monday evening from the Chippewa River.More >>
Dunn County (WQOW) - A Pennsylvania truck driver has been fined for what he said at a Menomonie convenience store last month. Steve Eliou was accused of telling others in the store the Army fuel tankerMore >>
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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - It wasn't an eleventh hour decision in Chippewa Falls Tuesday night... Instead, it was a 12th. A contract was approved Tuesday night between the police department and city councilMore >>
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Eau Claire County (WQOW)- Murder charges were filed today against an Altoona man accused of killing his girlfriend last week in the home they shared. 41-year-old Ying Xiong was charged Tuesday with firstMore >>
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