Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media
Kyle Potter of the Fargo Forum reported recently that the North Dakota Public Service commission is working on a plan to create a railroad inspection program to help regulate the huge influx of crude-by-rail shipments heading through North Dakota.
This announcement comes at the same time as the crude-by-rail hazardous materials announcement that showed that Cass County has over 3 million gallons of crude oil, around 40 trains passing through it every week. The Public Service Commission hopes to bring the plan the legislature by next year.
The only inspection program in North Dakota is executed by the railroad companies themselves.
Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak has been working out a possible plan with Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who told The Forum he’d likely support it in his own budget recommendations.
By the end of July, Fedorchak said she hopes to iron out the size, scope and cost of such a program so a plan can be submitted to the governor’s office for inclusion in a budget for the 2015 session.
Read the rest of the story here: North Dakota officials work on plan to set up state-run railroad inspection program.