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Racine Mayor John Dickert leading charge for federal action on oil spill prevention

RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - Great Lakes mayors want the national governments of the U.S. and Canada to do more to prevent oil spills.

Racine Mayor John Dickert says the federal response to serious environmental mishaps has been insufficient in both countries.

Dickert heads the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities' Initiative, which passed a resolution Wednesday for more federal action. That would include stricter regulations on the shipping of oil by trains and pipelines.

The mayors also want more frequent inspections of oil transporting facilities, and tighter enforcement.

The group also proposes a fee on energy companies, creating a fund to pay for emergency responses and clean-ups of oil spills.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)