Governor Declares Energy Emergency In U.P.

Jul 25, 2012

Governor Rick Snyder has declared an energy emergency in parts of the Upper Peninsula due to a pipeline break in Wisconsin.

The West Shore Pipeline typically carries three million gallons of fuel a day between Chicago and Green Bay and is the major conduit of gasoline and diesel that goes to the western and central Upper Peninsula. The pipeline was repaired this past weekend, but fuel remains in short supply in some parts of the U. P. It has also caused a spike in gas and diesel prices. The governor’s order suspends regulations on how long fuel truck drivers may be on the road. That will allow for them to reach alternative suppliers in Milwaukee and Madison and return to the U. P. more quickly. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has also suspended driving regulations for fuel truckers.