Dayton Pens Scathing Letter To BNSF President Over Oil Trains In Twin CitiesGovernor Mark Dayton says he's deeply concerned about an increase in the number of oil trains traveling through heavily populated areas of the Twin Cities.
Railway Neighbors Call For Heightened SafetyCommunity 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.
MPCA Citizens' Board Holds Last Meeting, Supporters Vow To FightJust two weeks after it was abolished by the Minnesota Legislature, an influential environmental citizen's board held its last meeting on Tuesday.
Light-Rail Fare Jumpers Could Face CrackdownTwin Cities light-rail transit officials today defended themselves at the State Capitol against what some lawmakers say is an "epidemic" of fare jumpers.
Study: Workers Aren't Prepared To Handle Oil AccidentA 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.
Lawmakers: Minn. Needs Stronger Oil Spill Response 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.
Rethinking A Bill To Lift A Nuclear Moratorium?The nuclear crisis in Japan may prompt lawmakers to revisit a nuclear moratorium bill in the Minnesota legislature.