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BNSF Vice President Brian Sweeney tells a Minnesota House committee Wednesday that railroads have a strong safety record and are addressing ways for improvement. Forum News Service photo by Don Davis

Railroad oil safety oversight sought

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ST. PAUL — Western North Dakota’s oil boom puts Minnesota in a dangerous position, a key Minnesota lawmaker says, and the state should increase its rail oil safety oversight.

Most of the highly volatile oil moves from the Bakken oilfields through Minnesota.

“We are at the geographic epicenter of this,” said Chairman Frank Hornstein, D-Minneapolis, of the House Transportation Finance Committee.

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Dan Burdett
Dan Burdett is the community content coordinator at the West Central Tribune. He has 13 years experience in print media, to include four years enlisted service in the United States Air Force. He has been an employee of Forum Communications since 2005, joining the company after spending two years as the managing editor of the Redwood Gazette and Livewire in Redwood Falls. Prior to his current position, Dan was the presentation editor at the Tribune.
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