Tracking Danger: Minnesota Lawmakers On Oil Transportation SafetyThere have been many who have expressed concerns about whether the state is prepared to handle a train accident like the one in Casselton, or even worse Quebec.
Tracking Danger: What Should Oil & RR Industries Do To Prevent Derailments?All this week, WCCO Radio has reported on oil train safety and the fears some have about the potential for a derailment and explosion. But just what role do the oil and railroad industries have in keeping the trains on the tracks?
Tracking Danger: Oil Train Disaster Could Devastate Rural TownsThe number is staggering. More than 326,000 Minnesotans -- most of them in the Twin Cities area -- live within what is considered an evacuation zone in the event of a major oil train disaster. So, is the state doing enough to make sure local communities are protected? WCCO's Laura Oakes has the next in our five-part series, Tracking Danger: Minnesota's Crude Reality.
Tracking Danger: Rice Fire Chief Says Derailment Would Overwhelm DepartmentRice is a sleepy town of about 1,200 people, but every 15 minutes or so, trains come flying through the heart of it at 50 mph. These trains are carrying a variety of freight, but much of it is oil from the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota.
Tracking Danger: Crude Oil On Minn. RailwaysWCCO's Edgar Linares begins our five-part series Tracking Danger: Minnesota's Crude Reality.
Lawmakers Point To Accidents To Make Case For Rail UpgradesDemocratic lawmakers say a string of recent explosive crude-by-rail derailments nationwide make it necessary to improve Minnesota's railroad network. Five trains hauling crude oil have derailed since February. Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, says it's "sheer dumb luck" no similar accidents have happened in Minnesota. Seven or more trains haul North Dakota crude across the state daily.