The first of several Minnesota roundtables on oil train safety has focused on keeping freight lines operating safely, efficiently and with as little disruption as more oil from neighboring North Dakota crosses the state.
A new Minnesota law aims to protect the state from hazards created by increasing amounts of oil passing through Minnesota by rail and pipeline. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Tuesday. The law requires railroad and oil pipeline companies operating in Minnesota to help pay for training and emergency preparedness programs.
Authorities are evacuating part of a North Dakota town near the scene of a fiery oil train derailment. Cass County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tara Morris says as many as 300 Casselton residents may be evacuated. Morris says there’s no immediate danger. It’s a precaution in case winds change as some derailed cars continue to burn. Investigators couldn’t get close to the blaze and estimates of how many cars caught fire varied.