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Philip Qualy of the United Transportation Union tells reporters Wednesday near a St. Paul rail yard that trains can transport crude oil safely, but more rail car inspections are needed. He added that conductors in his union support higher standards for oil-carrying cars, a discussion already underway at the federal level. Forum News Service photo by Don Davis

Oil transportation fee sought for safety programs

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ST. PAUL — Improved crude oil safety measures should be funded by charging 0.01 cent per gallon on all crude transported in Minnesota, the state Legislature’s transportation finance chairmen said Wednesday.


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