Gov. Walker declares energy emergency in northeast Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has issued an energy emergency proclamation for northeast Wisconsin.
That's because a petroleum pipeline between Milwaukee and Green Bay was shut down after a gasoline leak was detected Tuesday near Jackson. It has the potential to cause gas shortages in the Green Bay area.
Gasoline is being shipped by tanker to the area. But long waits at gasoline terminals in Madison and Milwaukee are making it difficult for companies to keep up with demand.
The proclamation will allow drivers of gasoline trucks to be exempted from weekly hours of service restrictions on all state highways for ten days starting Saturday.
Department of Administration spokesman Chris Schoenherr says Illinois-based West Shore Pipeline Co. was repairing the leak and hoped to resume operations soon depending on regulatory approval.