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Settlement Agreement Ends GEITS Gasification Incinerator Plan

Posted by webmaster on August 27, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Settlement Agreement Ends GEITS Gasification Incinerator Plan for Adams, WI  Link to Document

Letters to EPA due August 15th

Posted by webmaster on August 14, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Letters to EPA due August 15th: Stop mining the Penokee Hills

DNR Must Prove Pipeline Review

Posted by webmaster on August 14, 2014 at 7:40 AM

The Political Environment: WI DNR Must Prove It's Preparing A Fair Pipeline Review

DNR Public input request

Posted by webmaster on August 14, 2014 at 7:25 AM

 DNR invites public input to help set scope of review for new Enbridge pipeline proposal.

Comments from August meeting will be used to inform development of environmental impact statement

Weekly News - August 5, 2014 - Wisconsin DNR

View on dnr.wi.gov

 SUPERIOR - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input at an August meeting to help determine the scope of an environmental impact statement for the Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline construction and replacement project in northwestern Douglas County.

The proposed project would involve construction of a new 30 inch diameter crude oil pipeline, which would be the Wisconsin portion of the larger Sandpiper Pipeline project extending from the Bakken Shale region in North Dakota through Minnesota to Superior. The proposed project also would include replacement of an existing 34 inch diameter pipeline, known as Line 3. Both pipelines would cross approximately 14 miles of land in the town of Superior, village of Superior and city of Superior and terminate at the Enbridge Superior Terminal.

Environmental impact statements inform decision-makers and the public about the anticipated effects of a project as well as alternatives to the proposed project. The statement for the proposed Enbridge project will look at direct local effects, as well as broader impacts at regional, statewide and larger scales. The environmental impact statement will not include the actual permit decisions for the proposed project.

"The department recognizes the overwhelming public interest in Enbridge operations and wants to ensure transparency in the evaluation of the proposed Sandpiper pipeline through an environmental impact statement," said Ben Callan, water regulations and zoning specialist with DNR. "By inviting stakeholders to engage in the scope development of the environmental impact statement, DNR intends to provide a forum for discussion of issues related to the environment as well as our nation's energy independence, regional refining capacity and transportation logistics."

Dave Siebert, director of DNR's bureau of environmental analysis and sustainability, said DNR looks forward to the early citizen involvement in the environmental impact statement process and intends to use the August meeting to help define the issues that should be addressed.

"The scoping process represents an important opportunity for citizens to provide constructive input on subjects ranging from specific ecological concerns to the potential for economic benefit from this project," Siebert said. "Ultimately, information we receive from the public and apply to the scope of the environmental impact statement will ensure that environmental and economic topics of public concern are reviewed."

Earlier this year, the department approved permits for construction activities related to a separate Enbridge project to expand pumping capacity on an existing pipeline. Due to the nature of the applications, the limited scope of department authority over that project and past environmental review of the pipeline in question, an environmental impact analysis was not necessary for that project.

The public scoping meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Superior Campus conference room, 600 North 21st St., in Superior.

The meeting will begin with DNR staff presenting a brief overview of the environmental impact statement process. Any interested individuals at the meeting will then have the opportunity to identify topics to be addressed in the statement. Department staff will be on hand to receive either written or oral comments.

The department will use the information from the scoping process and information provided in the applicant's environmental impact report to prepare a draft impact statement. The public will be notified when the draft is available for public comments.

The DNR will then hold a formal public hearing during the draft environmental impact statement comment period and will consider all comments in the development of the final statement. No permit decisions will be made until after the environmental impact statement process is complete.

The agency's draft outline for the environmental impact statement and other information can be found by visiting DNR.wi.gov and searching for "Enbridge Sandpiper."

Individuals can submit comments about the scope of the environmental impact statement through Sept. 30, 2014. Suggestions on topics to be included can be mailed to Jeff Schimpff at WDNR, Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921, or sent by email toDNROEEAAComments@wisconsin.gov .

The public can also sign up to receive email or mobile alerts for updates to the Enbridge Sandpiper environmental impact statement on the DNR's website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ben Callan, water regulations and zoning specialist, 608-266-3524; Bill Cosh, DNR spokesman, 608-267-2773; Jennifer Sereno, communications, 608-770-8084.


No Bypass Flash Awareness Event this Saturday

Posted by webmaster on August 12, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Join us, for a "No Bypass" Flash Awareness Event this Saturday at the Waukesha Farmers Market from 9:00 am until 11:00 am (or as long as you can stay). Be a part of it!


This will not be a true rally. We won't pass around literature, yell slogans, or hold up signs. We will be the literature and the signs..because we will be wearing our No Bypass T-Shirts.


"No Bypass" Flash Awareness Event

Waukesha Farmers Market

Saturday August 16th, 2014

9:00 am until 11:00 am


Just show up! WEAR your No Bypass T-Shirt. If you don't have a T-Shirt we will give you one to keep (as long as they last)!


All we ask you do is walk around, say hello to fellow Bypass Fighters, and enjoy the market. There's no set meeting place, just look for others wearing their No BypassT-Shirts. If you want a T-Shirt to wear just ask someone wearing one! It's that simple!


Choose to be an active part of this fight against DOT waste!


Please pass this e-mail on to your friends and neighbors!


Where is the Waukesha Farmers market? The Waukesha Farmers’ Market takes place along the south side of the Fox River in Riverfront Plaza – the former site of the Transit Center. Riverfront Plaza is located between W. Broadway Street and N. Barstow Street along the banks of the Fox River.


Questions? Call Allen at 414-507-8358.


Allen Stasiewski

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass


Please vote to strike blow against Bypass

Posted by webmaster on August 11, 2014 at 9:50 AM

This Tuesday Waukesha voters have a chance to strike a another blow against the ill-conceived West Waukesha Bypass. Please vote in the primary election on August 12th!

Help save our neighborhoods, the Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor, and $65 million dollars. Vote to slow sprawl. Keep our children safe. Fix the roads we have! Maintain the quality of life that brought many of us to Waukesha!


Our Coalition recently sent a questionnaire asking candidates for the 97th Assembly District for their opinion on the construction of the West Waukesha Bypass. There are two candidates running in the 97th Assembly District who, if elected, might be able to help stop the funding of the Bypass!


Please vote for the candidate that best aligns with your values. Here are the candidates positions:



Support the Bypass: Scott Allen, Kathleen Cummings, Aaron Perry, Brandon Rosner


The choice is clear! A vote for Joe Banske or Vince Travato is a vote against the wasteful spending of $65 million dollars on the unnecessary West Waukesha Bypass highway expansion project!


Support the "Improve, No Build" alternative!


Watch a recent forum where the Bypass was discussed (copy into your browser if link doesn't work):


No Bypass Flash Rally

Posted by webmaster on July 22, 2014 at 7:45 AM


Join us, for a "No Bypass" Flash Rally this Thursday at 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm on the corner of Woodridge and Hwy TT/Meadowbrook Rd.


We'll have our No Build, Improve" petition available for those who haven't signed it yet, sign up coalition members and collect e-mails, and most importantly, distribute "No Bypass" Yard Signs. Members of our Coalition Steering team will be available to answer any questions you might have as well. Our Yard Sign awareness raising effort will continue through the summer to raise awareness!


Please pass this e-mail on to your friends and neighbors!


"No Bypass" Sign Flash Rally

Thursday July 24th, 2014

6:00 pm until 7:00 pm

Woodridge and Hwy TT/Meadowbrook Rd


Just show up! Join us, pick up a yard sign - choose to be an active part of this fight against DOT waste!


Questions? Call Allen at 414-507-8358


Allen Stasiewski


WEAL's Summer Highway Cleanup

Posted by webmaster on July 21, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Isn't it time to take a walk through a Kettle Moraine State Forest prairie. Our highway segment passes right through some of the areas most beautiful sections!


WEAL's Summer Highway Cleanup

Saturday July 26th at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Rain or Shine

Hwy N, between Hwy 59 and Hwy ZZ


Wear old clothes, work gloves, and comfortable shoes


Directions: Take Hwy 59 SW from Waukesha through Eagle to Hwy N, then turn right.

Meet at the parking area in the middle of our segment, across from the "Scuppernong Prairie State Natural Area" sign.

2014 Bypass Take Action Message

Posted by webmaster on June 11, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Dear West Waukesha Bypass Opponent,

We need your letter!  It's so important!  And, please pass this e-mail on to others!

We have heard from a reliable source in the Wisconsin DOT that they aren't 100% supportive of the West Waukesha Bypass, that they are doing it because Waukesha County wants it!  So we need to let Waukesha County know that we, the residents of Waukesha County, don't want the Bypass.   So, this letter is going to County Executive Dan Vrakas.

Our Action Message is to ask County Executive Vrakas to stop the Bypass!

E-Mail County Executive Dan Vrakas.  Please take this action by June 20, 2014.

E-mail to;   countyexec@waukeshacounty.gov

Write your own letter or use the sample letter below.  Copy and paste this entire letter into your e-mail.  Make sure to sign it with your full name and address.  Put it in your own words and add any key points you might like to make.   Be sure to add your name and address.

Use any Subject you like or use: 

    Please Stop Planning The West Waukesha Bypass and Just Fix It!


Dear County Executive Vrakas,

I'm writing you today to ask that you do what you can to cancel the planned West Waukesha Bypass expansion project and instead improve the route at a savings of many millions of taxpayers dollars!

Why am I against the West Waukesha Bypass?  There are many reasons; environmental, health, social, safety, and financial.  As someone who values Waukesha County's natural environment I'm sure you can understand why I feel that the destruction of the Pebble Creek Environmental corridor is just unacceptable! 

The cost of this project is another big reason.  The DOT will soon be asking for tax increases to pay for Wisconsin's deteriorating roads.  We should be repairing and not expanding our roads at a time like this!   The coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass has proposed a "No Build, Improve" alternative.  I ask that you consider this alternative.

Our transportation system has reached a tipping point.  A new report analyzes the costs of building new roads at the expense of maintaining existing ones.  The report by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense supports the Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass' "No Build, Improve Alternative" to building the bypass. The Wisconsin DOT and Waukesha County should heed the message in this report!  Here are some of the report's highlights.  

Departments of transportation (DOTs) across the country are spending more money building new roads than maintaining the ones they have despite the fact that roads are crumbling, financial liabilities are mounting and conditions are not improving for America’s drivers.  Between 2009 and 2011, the latest year with available data, states collectively spent $20.4 billion annually to build new roadways. During that same time, states spent just $16.5 billion annually repairing and preserving roads while roads across the country were deteriorating. These spending decisions come with serious implications for DOT finances and taxpayers.

If states spent the $20.4 billion annually on repair rather than expansion (in the past), they could have cut the number of roads in poor condition in half by 2011 and would have been on target to eliminate the backlog of roads in poor condition by 2014.  (but road building continued)

State leaders including governors, legislators and DOT officials, have the ability to change these priorities for the better.

Wisconsin statistics are similar to the national average. Much more money is spent on new roads vs repairing and maintaining existing roads. The average annual Wisconsin expenditures on road expansion versus repair for 2009 – 2011 are:
  • Road expansion $544,000,000 or 61% of the road budget.
  • Road Repair $349,000,000 or 39% of the road budget.
$195,000,000 more is spent on road expansion than road repair in Wisconsin. This trend must be reversed or Wisconsin and Waukesha roads will continue to deteriorate.

The West Waukesha Bypass will cost over $65 million taxpayer dollars.  The DOT is now planning an I43 expansion that will cost $450 million.  The Zoo Interchange will cost many millions more than that!  And, all the while our existing roads continue to deteriorate.  It's time for Waukesha County to re-examine its own role in transportation spending.  There is no appetite for new taxes for new roads in Wisconsin.  The time has come to place a moratorium on building new roads in Waukesha, including adding new lanes.  It's time to put all our resources toward repairing our existing infrastructure and make reasonable safety improvements!  We can no longer afford the huge financial, social, safety, and environmental toll that Wisconsin's road building binge is causing.

Source: Repair Priorities 2014: Transportation spending strategies to save taxpayer dollars and improve roads is the latest report by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense analyzing road conditions and spending priorities in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. The update also assesses how these priorities have changed since the release of the first edition in 2011.


(Your Full Name)

(Your Address)

Letter to Dept of Energy about trash incineration

Posted by webmaster on June 3, 2014 at 7:50 AM
WEAL and 130 other organizations send letter to
Department of Energy over trash incineration.