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For the first time, Minnesota cities are required to partner with the state for safety training on the transportation of oil and other hazardous materials.
Worker accommodations in North Dakota’s oil patch can be rough: men sleep in tiny trailers with boarded windows, parked cars and overcrowded apartments. The barracks-style “man camps” might imply that roughness of life, too.
Minnesota lawmakers are turning up the heat on the state’s major railroads to do something to alleviate congestion that’s costing the state millions of dollars.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wants added safety measures for oil trains leaving North Dakota. Dayton made the request Tuesday in a letter to North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
If you’re heading out of town for the holiday weekend, now might be a good time to fill up on gas. The average cost of a gallon of gas in Minnesota is $3.33. That’s down from $3.49 one year ago.
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.
Coconut is the hot commodity at the Eastside Co-Op in northeast Minneapolis. People cook with it, melt it over popcorn, and use it as a moisturizer, but the most unusual thing they do with it, is swish it. Fifteen minutes a day, five days a week.
A proposed $150,000 study would examine how Minnesota could leverage the North Dakota oil boom for its own benefit. The research would not focus “just on the effects (of the boom), but also how we can possibly benefit and position ourselves to take advantage of that,” said Sen. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, sponsor of the bill outlining the report.
The proposed but controversial multibillion-dollar pipelines that would bring a flood of Canadian tar sands oil to the U.S. likely won’t hinder North Dakota’s soaring crude production, state and industry officials say.
A boom in using trains to ship oil to Minnesota could cause a shortage at the breakfast table. The Wall Street Journal reports that Canada is months behind in grain shipments, as railroads have been shipping more oil instead.
The ice fishing in northeast North Dakota is the best it’s been in two decades, but some anglers can’t make it because trains handling freight and crude from the state’s oil patch are displacing Amtrak passenger service.
In the new year, Minnesota drivers are paying more at the pumps than a year ago. The average price statewide is $3.24 a gallon. That compares to $3.07 this time last year.
North Dakota, the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show. None was reported to the public, officials said.