Action Alert: MKE Harbor threatened by Oil company

SPEAK UP FOR A SAFE, CLEAN FUTURE FOR MILWAUKEE’S PORT, HARBOR DISTRICT, RIVERS AND LAKE MICHIGAN

SPEAK OUT AGAINST HAZARDOUS CARGO IN THE PORT

A FEW MINUTES FROM YOU NOW WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We need you to send an email by Dec. 18th to comprehensiveplans@milwaukee.gov to include your comments on the Harbor District Water and Land Use Plan (Sample email below.)

Copy and paste this message (personalize as you wish):

To:  comprehensiveplans@milwaukee.gov

Subject: Planning for Port missing in Harbor District Plan

The Harbor District report’s central themes of sustainable economic development, safe and healthy communities and wise stewardship of our notable water resources are all threatened by the ill-advised plans of U.S. Oil for expanded storage and transportation of High Hazard Flammable cargo — ethanol and LPG.

What is missing from the draft Harbor District Plan is a similarly detailed Water and Land Use Plan for the Port of Milwaukee and similar widespread public discussion and reflection on what kind of cargo and development is appropriate for the Port.

We encourage you to add a personal note about why you care about the Port and Harbor District. For example, do you live nearby or visit regularly? Value our lakeshore, riverwalks, boating and fishing opportunities? Are you impacted by hazardous train and truck traffic?

Key facts: Why a few minutes from you will make a difference

  • There is a comment period until Dec. 18th on the Harbor District’s Draft Water and Land Use Plan about the future of the harbor area.
  • S. Oil’s dangerous plans to expand storage and transportation of ethanol and LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) in and around the Port of Milwaukee are reason for concern.
  • US Oil’s plans to transfer this high hazardous cargo to the Port by rail and truck threatens our neighborhoods. Their plans to export the ethanol by ship threaten decades of clean water efforts.
  • US Oil has a long term lease with Port Milwaukee. That lease also specifically authorizes a tire pyrolysis facility that would incinerate old tires to turn them into fuel oil.
  • There is no zoning or other guideline in place to prohibit U.S. Oil’s expansion or other hazardous projects.

Speaking up works: When alert citizens spoke up about the hazards, the City responded and negotiated an amendment to US Oil’s lease that bans crude oil.

Now it’s time for a broader public discussion of the kinds of development allowed in the Port.

For background about U.S. Oil’s lease with Port Milwaukee and the hazardous cargo they plan to store and ship see our Milwaukee Harbor page. http://saferails.org/mkeharbor/

To see the Harbor District Plan (the Executive Summary and the entire report) http://harbordistrict.org/plan/

Thanks!

Citizens Acting for Rail Safety – MKE Area

saferails.org

http://www.facebook.com/SafeRails.MkeArea

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