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Executive Order Allows Longer Hours for Gas, Diesel Drivers
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/06/2014

Governor Scott Walker has issued an executive order this week declaring an Energy Emergency to extend transportation hours for gasoline and diesel truck drivers as a proactive measure for Wisconsin's energy supplies. The Badger Pipeline that runs from Illinois to Wisconsin is temporarily shut down for inspection, and Walker's office says this order ensures drivers can continue to deliver fuel statewide.

"The temporary shutdown of the pipeline has not impacted availability at the pump thus far, and this Executive Order is a proactive step to help ensure that continues to be the case," Governor Walker said.

Last week, a contractor's equipment came in contact with a portion of the Badger Pipeline located in Illinois. The pipeline was immediately shut down for inspection as a safety and environmental precaution. No leaks have been detected and the pipeline is expected to be back in service in the coming days after completion of a thorough safety inspection. Once the pipeline is restarted, it will take about three days for the fuel to get to Wisconsin.

Report says the disruption has impacted the supply of gasoline and diesel that flows to the McFarland terminal, which is a key supply source for south central Wisconsin. The Badger Pipeline flows up through Rockford, Illinois, to Beloit, Wisconsin. From Beloit, the pipeline goes up to McFarland.

Drivers may see longer lines at the terminals, or drive longer distances to get gasoline and diesel from other sources in the state.

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