ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 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.READ MORE: 'Hockey Party’: Hundreds Compete In Pond Hockey Tournament's Opening Weekend Finale
Dayton says Minnesota is “one of the primary routes” for Bakken oil being transported from North Dakota. But Dayton says Minnesotans receive little benefit from the oil trains while experiencing increased risks of a derailment.READ MORE: 'This Is All About Inclusion': The 5 Simple Rules Of Wheelchair Etiquette
In his letter, Dayton tells Dalrymple he appreciates his leadership to ensure “the maximum feasible safety measures are in place” for residents who live on Bakken oil train routes.
North Dakota’s Industrial Commission is considering new rules that may require companies to reduce crude’s volatility before it’s loaded on railcars. But oil industry officials say North Dakota already has proper regulations to safely send crude by rail.MORE NEWS: John Jones Pleads Guilty In Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed Bridget O'Keefe Dunn
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