Wisconsin Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker sent a letter Wednesday requesting a public hearing on the environmental impact of the proposed Milwaukee to Madison high-speed rail line.
Walker, current Milwaukee County Executive, said in a press release there has not been a meeting on the train’s ecological effect since 2001. At the time, he said the Wisconsin Department of Transportation only called for the destruction of 13.5 acres of state wetlands, but the most recent application stated 23.85 acres destroyed.
That 43 percent increase, he said, contradicts Wisconsin’s long tradition of environmental stewardship and open government.
Walker blamed his Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and current Gov. Jim Doyle for pushing portions of the projects ahead before the Nov. 2 election.
— Joe Lanane