Three legislators are attempting to intervene by stepping up to the county government (which, as we know, is responsible for maintaining the roads) and insisting that the selective fees seem unfair and, worse, will dissuade the job creation that results from the sand mining industry.
City of Marshfield leaders and local trucking companies have said the agreements unfairly target a single industry without charging other haulers extra. Wood County officials have said some county roads were not constructed to withstand the frequency and weight of sand hauling.
But county guy says that the roads aren't built to handle the frequency and weight of sand hauling trucks (few are) and is attempting to make sure that the costs of rebuilding infrastructure aren't passed on to the taxpayers later. This invokes two conservative shibboleths: looking out for taxpayers and kicking the can down the road.
The oil companies behind this have done a lot of work to hide their interests, sending in locals to clear the way for their sand mining operations. Here's an interesting column from the Minneapolis Star Tribune about one such front man.
Someone asked Ingraham where the headquarters for his company, Muskie Proppants LLC, was located.
Ingraham looked puzzled, then mumbled something about a temporary office somewhere in Wisconsin.
"You can't even name your corporate headquarters, sir," said an area resident, Remy Ceci.
Finally Ingraham gave in: "Greenwich, Connecticut," he said. Muskie is a subsidiary of Wexford Capital, a hedge fund, and partly owned by another energy company in Oklahoma.
And so it went in a small pole barn in western Wisconsin as Ingraham tried to persuade residents of this quaint tourist town along the Mississippi that his plan to bring hundreds of train cars, barges and up to 80 trucks a day filled with sand lumbering through town all day would be good for them.