Bill to help first responders in Bakken oil incidents stalls in Congress
Mike Simonson, Wisconsin Public Radio
An emergency preparedness bill that would investigate the best way for local first responders to react to a railroad crude oil spill is on hold in Congress.
The Response Act would form a panel to decide the best way to respond to a rail tanker incident involving North Dakota Bakken crude oil. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., said the bill is needed in Wisconsin, since Bakken oil is transported across 18 counties about 45 times a week.
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