Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he plans to focus on
propane issues as the new chair of the Midwestern Governor's
Washington-based group brings governors and staff together
to solve significant problems in the region.
association asked President Barack Obama for federal help in
January as the region's propane supply dwindled. Walker said
in a statement Thursday that as chairman, he wants to start
the propane conversation immediately.
administration has already eased regulations for propane
drivers and made more state aid available to help low-income
residents afford propane. The fuel's cost has increased with
becomes the fourth Wisconsin governor to chair the
Midwestern Governor's Association. Former Gov. Jim Doyle led
the nine-member group in 2007.
lobbies Kerry for Keystone XL pipeline
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is sending another letter in
support of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would
deliver oil from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast.
addressed the letter Thursday to Secretary of State John
Kerry urging the project's approval. The letter is similar
to one he sent in April and comes after the State Department
found the pipeline would have little impact on the
the pipeline would create up to 9,000 jobs in Wisconsin over
Administration has delayed a decision on the pipeline for
years. Environmentalists and some landowners oppose the
project, while oil companies and the Canadian government
governor touts Enbridge expansion plans
— Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is touting plans by Enbridge
Inc. to increase its crude oil pipeline capacity.
toured Enbridge's facilities in Superior for the first time
Thursday. He says he's impressed by safety precautions at
the Superior facilities, where Enbridge can store nearly 14
million barrels of oil in 64 tanks.
Alberta-based Enbridge is planning to build or expand three
crude oil pipelines from North Dakota and Canada to
Superior. WDIO-TV reports Walker called the planned
expansion a "tremendous opportunity."
the pipeline projects are "the right fit" and
would help provide for energy independence in North America.
are fighting Enbridge's plans, saying they will contribute
to climate change by carrying more of Alberta's tar sands
oil to U.S. refineries.