Rep. Frank Hornstein
Community members in northeast Minneapolis are calling for increased rail safety. Their fight falls on the second anniversary of the oil train disaster in Canada that killed 47 people.
Just two weeks after it was abolished by the Minnesota Legislature, an influential environmental citizen’s board held its last meeting on Tuesday.
Twin Cities light-rail transit officials today defended themselves at the State Capitol against what some lawmakers say is an “epidemic” of fare jumpers.
A new report says Minnesota’s firefighters and first responders aren’t adequately prepared to handle an oil spill or fiery accident. Most local governments don’t have the equipment to respond to an oil accident, according to a Department of Public Safety report released this week. More than half of the workers surveyed said they need more training.
Hoping to avert disaster before it strikes, two state lawmakers introduced plans Wednesday to deal with the growing threat from railroad oil tanker spills. On average, ten oil tanker trains rumble through Minnesota each day, hauling huge quantities of North Dakota crude to refineries down south or out east. As oil rail traffic increases, people like Kathy Hollander want action. “This is oil transportation on steroids,” Hollander said.
The nuclear crisis in Japan may prompt lawmakers to revisit a nuclear moratorium bill in the Minnesota legislature.