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U.S. promises a new look at oil train dangers: House committee points out test flaws

September 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — U.S. studies of oil train dangers may have underestimated the perils of volatile vapor on the tracks and officials will in the future use precision instruments for more thorough tests, a Transportation Department official said on Tuesd…continue reading on

Biofuel groups: Ethanol needs separate treatment in rail rules

July 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — The U.S. ethanol industry pushed back on Wednesday against what they called a “one size fits all” approach to proposed federal rules for shipping fuel by rail, saying regulators must distinguish between the often corn-based biofuel…continue reading on

U.S. moves to enhance safety of oil-by-rail shipments

July 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed new safety rules for hauling crude oil by rail after a string of explosive accidents, in a move that could impact railroads, drillers, refiners and railcar makers amid an energy b…continue reading on

North Dakota resisting BNSF push to keep oil-by-rail volume secret

June 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK — BNSF Railway, the nation’s main mover of crude oil by rail, has pressured North Dakota and other states to sign confidentiality agreements barring public release of estimates of how much Bakken crude they move and where — a new requi…continue reading on

Oil-by-rail sector mostly ignoring call for data, US officials say

May 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON —  Few oil-by-rail shippers have heeded calls for information to prevent dangerous mishaps on the tracks, the U.S. Department of Transportation said on Friday as it named the three companies it said have cooperated.

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Meetings set for state strategic freight system

April 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Transportation is holding public input meetings May 13-15 to discuss the designation of a state strategic freight system.
The meetings are:
Fargo: noon-2 p.m. May 13, Fargo Ramada Plaza, 1635, 42nd St.
W…continue reading on

U.S. modifies testing order on Bakken oil rail shipments

March 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday modified rules governing the testing of crude transported by rail from North Dakota.

The agency said that tests, required to enforce safety standards, must be conducted to determine the flash point…continue reading on

‘Like flies to construction honey’: Contractors flocking to North Dakota for work

February 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK — As the joke goes, North Dakota has two seasons: winter and road construction. And with the state Department of Transportation preparing for more than $1 billion in projects this year, it’s open season for out-of-state contractors looki…continue reading on

Biggest bumps in budget all have links to oil boom

November 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK — Put North Dakota’s state spending surge under the microscope, and you’ll find winners and bigger winners.
The price of North Dakota’s government has risen by nearly $9 billion since 2001 — $5.1 billion of that in state general f…continue reading on

Supporters, opponents come out in Highway 85 expansion from Watford City to Belfield

November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

A battle over adding lanes to U.S. Highway 85 south of Watford City could be gaining traction and the North Dakota Department of Transportation could be caught in the middle. 
With the DOT’s attention focused squarely on its current project t…continue reading on