Port of Green Bay becomes importer of refined products as pipeline shuts

Some of US cities supplied by the West Shore pipeline had to turn to unconventional supply sources this summer in order to meet area gasoline and diesel demand in the months since the indefinite closure of the Chicago-area refined products pipeline. On July 6, the barge the GM 6506 arrived at the Port of Green Bay from Whiting, Indiana, at US Oil’s terminal carrying diesel. Green Bay is the northern-most city at the segment of the West Shore pipeline that has been shut since March, and has been importing approximately two barges per week of gasoline and diesel since May through the Michigan Great Lakes in order to supply the local markets. “We were exporting diesel, gasoline and ethanol to the East Coast last year and the previous year, but this year we’ve flipped to an importer,” said Dean Haen, director of the Brown County Port and Resource Recovery Department. The new reality is a result of West Shore Pipeline’s decision to indefinitely shut the northern stretch of its line, which connects Milwaukee to Green Bay. The 115-mile stretch of refined products line has been shut since March after “unique conditions” were discovered. In June its operator and part-owner Buckeye Partners LP

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