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Lawmakers point to accidents to make case for rail upgrades

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Democratic lawmakers say a string of recent explosive crude-by-rail derailments nationwide make it necessary to improve Minnesota’s railroad network. Five trains hauling crude oil have derailed since February. Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, says it’s “sheer dumb luck” no similar accidents have happened in Minnesota. Seven or more trains haul North Dakota crude across the ...

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Dayton calls for rail tax changes, fees to fund upgrades

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton laid out changes in his budget proposal Tuesday that would make railroad companies fork over more funds to ensure Minnesota communities can handle a dramatic influx of train traffic. The Democratic governor proposed changing how the state taxes railroads and assessing a new fee dedicated to safety improvements. Together, those new revenue streams ...

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Midwest lawmakers react to ND order to treat crude oil

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Local legislators supported a recent move by North Dakota officials requiring the oil industry to treat crude oil. North Dakota officials Tuesday ordered the oil industry to reduce volatile gases in Bakken crude oil to make it safer to transport via oil trains. The order by the state Industrial Commission, a three-member board that includes the governor, requires oil companies ...

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Dayton: Pipelines part of solution to rail backlog


ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday more oil pipelines are part of the solution to a rail backlog that has clogged agricultural shipments across Minnesota — even as state regulators have kept one major project in limbo. Heavy rail traffic originating from North Dakota’s oil fields has long been blamed for the shipping delays that have affected ...

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Why is Minnesota stalling on the Sandpiper?

According to an Associated Press report, Canadian-based pipeline company Enbridge has decided to delay a pipeline project of vital importance to North Dakota’s booming economy. The Sandpiper line will, if built, carry up to 225,000 barrels per day of Bakken crude oil from Tioga, North Dakota, through Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. That’s just a bit less than a quarter of ...

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Enbridge delays ND oil pipeline at least a year

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Canadian company that wants to build the largest oil pipeline yet from western North Dakota’s booming oil patch is delaying the project for at least a year due to permitting problems in Minnesota. Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Energy Partners LP disclosed the delay of the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline in a filing Tuesday with the U.S. ...

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