Wisconsin Legislators Want Voyageur Project Altered

Three members of the Wisconsin Legislature told FERC this week they would not be supporting the Viking Voyageur project unless significant safety and evironmental modifications were made.

Included among the modifications are thicker pipeline in rural areas rather than just urban areas, automatic or remote shutoff valves every five miles rather than the planned manual shut-off valves every 20 miles, use of technology that minimizes the noise created by the Hancock Compressor Station, additional pipeline protection at certain locations so large trucks can be driven over the line, placement of the line away from residential and school areas in Wautoma, routing across farmland in a way that does not impact irrigation or drainage, and giving property owners the right to decide where the pipeline should be placed.

"[W]e would like to receive a response from you and Viking Voyageur Gas Transmission Co. within 30 days regarding these concerns. If these responses are not satisfactory, we will have no choice but to oppose this project and to bring as many state resources as possible to bear against the proposed pipeline," the legislators said. The letter was signed by Sen. Robert T. Welch, Rep. Luther Olsen and Rep. Joan Wade Spillner.

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