The link between a Canadian train inferno and a toxic spill in Wisconsin: Ed Burkhardt

This is a note that Xoff just posted to his facebook page. I have gained permission to reprint it here.

Does the name Ed Burkhardt ring a bell? He’s all over the news as the president of the railway responsible for a disaster in Quebec that killed 50 people. But no one in the Wisconsin news media seem to think he sounds familiar. Remember Weyauwega’s train wreck? Guess who?

Burkhardt was the head of Wisconsin Central railroad in 1996 when a major accident in Weyauwega, involving toxic chemicals, cause the entire town to be evacuated for more than two weeks.

He was a big buddy and huge contributor to Tommy Thompson (at least $34,000 in his governor’s races, according to the Wis. Democracy Campaign records).

He’s also a notorious union buster, buying small railroads, getting rid of the union contracts, and then reducing crew sizes to levels some said were unsafe.

So far, the only person in the state who seems to remember any of that is blogger James Rowen (and the person who tipped me off, who shall remain nameless.)

Will this story ever surface in Wisconsin?

If you want to know more about Burkhardt, just do the Google. There’s plenty to keep you entertained — or horrified.

Mégantic train wreck

This photo and others are at the Star Phoenix.

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2 thoughts on “The link between a Canadian train inferno and a toxic spill in Wisconsin: Ed Burkhardt

  1. Mr Burkhardt, the union buster, also contributed $1,000 to Thompson’s ridiculous and losing campaign for the US Senate against Senator Tammy Baldwin.

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