Walz, officials say oil boom necessitates safer rail procedures

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NTSB member Robert Sumwalt, right, viewing damaged rail cars at the scene of the BNSF train accident in Casselton, N.D. in December.

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  1. Submitted by David Frenkel on 02/27/2014 - 10:58 am.

    This isn’t new

    The boom in the Bakken oil fields has been going on for a few years now but hasn’t hit the front pages until there was a recent accident. Legislators have been too concerned with social issues like gay rights and abortion and not concerned with public safety. They need to be educated on the issues before they run out and pass any legislation which may not make any sense or not do any good. MN needs to have more formal meetings with representatives from ND both in the oil industry and elected officials to form logical and consistent legislation. Will this happen? Probably not.

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