Wisconsin’s existing pipeline infrastructure is impressive. Much of the nation’s oil is routed right through our state—as much as 12 percent of imported oil moves through Superior alone. One of the largest systems has hundreds of miles of pipeline in Wisconsin and carries nearly a half million gallons of oil a day from Canada and North Dakota throughout the Midwest.  

And there are plans to increase the volume of oil carried in the existing pipelines within the next few years! Billions of gallons of crude oil and petroleum-based fuels are safely transported across America by pipeline each year. On the rare occasions when leaks in pipelines occur, they are almost always small and easily contained.

Industrial silica sand supplies needed resources for hydraulic fracturing throughout the country. In fact, Wisconsin ranks number one in the country in industrial silica sand mining.

Wisconsin currently has over 60 silica sand mines supplying the oil and natural gas industry with sand used in the fracking process. Some 40 more are in the process of being permitted. Most of these mines are located in Western and Central Wisconsin and provide needed employment and economic development to rural communities.

Wisconsin has only one small oil refinerybased in Superior. It plays an important role in providing fuels to northwestern Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is exploring using compressed natural gas (CNG) in its vehicles and heavy trucks. There are a total of 26 public CNG stations throughout the state, as well as six private stations. There’s also one liquid natural gas (LNG) station. Experts anticipate 200-300 new stations will be built within the next five years.

Many Wisconsin railways have been refurbished after sitting idle for decades in order to help transport the supplies needed for energy development. This is also due in large part to the Shale Revolution in North Dakota and other parts of the country.

The oil and natural gas industry supports 94,060 jobs in Wisconsin and contributes about $7 billion to the state’s economy. This economic activity provides private and public funds that could be used to build new infrastructure.