Ald. Bob Bauman
Press Release

Committee to hear report on use of local rail lines to transport Bakken crude oil

“Given recent incidents that have demonstrated the potential for disastrous accidents along rail lines where crude oil is transported, this is an issue of great concern for our residents.”

By - Apr 2nd, 2015 12:52 pm

Responding to the concerns of Milwaukee residents, especially in the Third and Fifth Wards, Public Works Committee chair Alderman Robert Bauman said the committee will hear a report Wednesday on the use of rail lines to transport crude oil through the City of Milwaukee.

“Given recent incidents that have demonstrated the potential for disastrous accidents along rail lines where crude oil is transported, this is an issue of great concern for our residents,” Alderman Bauman said. “We need to have a serious discussion about what powers the city has to determine what comes rolling through on our rail lines, and what responsibility is borne by other levels of government.”

Over the past couple years, several accidents, fires and explosions related to Bakken oil carried in rail cars have spurred calls for tougher regulations. Most notably, a runaway train explosion leveled much of the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec in 2013, killing 47 people. Just last month, a BNSF Railway Co. train carrying Bakken crude jumped the track near Galena, Ill. and burned for several days.

The communication file is scheduled to be heard in a Public Safety Committee meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8 in Room 301-B of City Hall. Public safety and rail industry officials will take part in the discussion, and the meeting will also be broadcast live on the City Channel and online at

Mentioned in This Press Release

Recent Press Releases by Ald. Bob Bauman - Page 5

Ald. Bob Bauman

Public Works Committee to take up pedal tavern legislation

The Public Works Committee will take up a proposed ordinance Wednesday allowing for either the complete prohibition of alcohol on so-called pedal taverns, or allowing for tight regulations on alcohol use for the often noisy “rolling parties.”

Ald. Bob Bauman

Report details special event permit data, including scofflaws

The newly released Special Event Permit Office 2013 Report issued by the Department of Public Works shows the city took in $436,360 in fees last year.

Ald. Bob Bauman

Legal opinion: City cannot delegate regulation of taxicabs to county

The City of Milwaukee may not legally delegate its authority to regulate and license taxicabs and taxicab operators to Milwaukee County, according to an opinion released this week by the Office of City Attorney Grant F. Langley.

Ald. Bob Bauman

Transit system bidders will address Public Transportation Review Board

Veolia, MV Transportation to make their pitches.

Ald. Bob Bauman

Bike-sharing program moves forward with committee approval

A public bike-sharing system for the City of Milwaukee picked up the endorsement of a key Common Council committee on Wednesday.

Ald. Bob Bauman

Committee recommends plan to provide foreclosure alternatives

Under a proposal sponsored by Milwaukee Alderman Robert Bauman, some Milwaukee homeowners facing foreclosure due to unpaid city fees on their tax bill would have the option of paying on an installment plan instead of losing their homes.

Ald. Bob Bauman

Nominees sought for 2013 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award

Nominees are being sought for the 2013 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award, according to Alderman Robert J. Bauman.

Ald. Bob Bauman

Federal judge’s decision on Zoo Interchange Environmental Impact Statement creates opportunity for new direction in transportation investment

Alderman Bauman calls for new alternative for I-94 rebuilding project that would invest in freeway rebuilding, local road reconstruction and expansion of Milwaukee Streetcar

Ald. Bob Bauman

Streetcar project to be addressed during Saturday rail event

Rail advocacy effort will be announced during news event tomorrow at 11 a.m. at downtown Intermodal Station

Ald. Bob Bauman

Historic Preservation Honored Wednesday at Cream of Cream City Awards Ceremony

Annual preservation honors event to be held at Best Place at the Pabst

Ald. Bob Bauman

Proposal to lift cap on city taxicab permits, improve taxi service to get Thursday committee hearing

A proposed city ordinance introduced by Alderman Robert J. Bauman seeking to repeal the city’s cap on issuing new public passenger vehicle permits and to establish new requirements aimed at improving taxicab services in the city will be discussed TOMORROW (Thursday, April 18) during a public hearing before the Common Council’s Public Safety Committee.

Ald. Bob Bauman

Consumer voices sought on proposal to lift cap on city taxicab permits

Public hearing continues on Friday, March 8 at City Hall

One thought on “Committee to hear report on use of local rail lines to transport Bakken crude oil”

  1. Rich says:

    Who wrote / writes the report(s) they are reading? Or is this just high-level “We the citizens of Milwaukee are hereby concerned…”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *