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Walker Suspending More Fuel Transport Regulations
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/09/2016

Gov. Scott Walker has issued another executive order to help alleviate some of the problems caused by the shutdown of the West Shore Pipeline earlier this year. As part of the latest decree, exceptions of certain load limitation requirements for petroleum transportation have been put into place on a number of highways in eastern Wisconsin.

"The cooperation between local officials, industry leaders, and the state ensured there was enough fuel for the summer driving season," Walker said. "Now, we want to make sure the Green Bay area continues to have an adequate supply as we head into the fall harvest and winter seasons. This order will loosen certain restrictions to help carriers transport petroleum products more efficiently while maintaining safety."

The order allows carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles haul heavier loads than the law allows. It was a follow-up to a previous order that gave drivers exemptions from federal and state weekly hours-of-service restrictions while in the process of transporting petroleum.

Use of the West Shore Pipeline was halted in May because of an anomaly detected during a recent inspection.

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