David Shaffer

Reporter | Energy and business
Phone: 612-673-7090
David Shaffer is a veteran reporter and editor for the Star Tribune, with more than three decades of experience on daily newspapers.

Recent content from David Shaffer

Major interest shown in planned Sandpiper crude oil pipeline

Daily use assurances make construction of the 600-mile project from North Dakota to Minnesota more likely.

Updated: February 14, 2014, - 08:50 PM

Ethanol industry is back in the black after some rough years

In a complete reversal from 2012, major producers of the corn-based fuel are reporting record returns.

Updated: February 14, 2014, - 08:44 AM

Minnesota legislators push for better oil-transport disaster response

As more crude oil passes through Minnesota on trains and pipelines, state legislators say emergency responders need more training and equipment to respond to accidents.

Updated: February 12, 2014, - 09:25 PM

Minnesota fire crews 'ill-prepared' for any oil train catastrophe

Six trains with 100 or more crude oil tank cars pass through the Twin Cities every day, and if one of them wrecks, state and local emergency responders don’t have the equipment needed to put out a catastrophic fire.

Updated: February 11, 2014, - 10:23 PM

BP sued by Minnesota for fraud over $25 million in tank cleanups

Minnesota’s $25 million case alleges that the oil giant lied about having insurance coverage to clean up leaking underground tanks.

Updated: February 11, 2014, - 01:19 PM

Feb. 10: Monticello nuclear plant back online

Xcel Energy said Monday that its Monticello nuclear power plant is back in service after a two-week outage for repairs.The...

Updated: February 10, 2014, - 07:09 PM

Feb. 7: Dayton, union push for rail safety

As rail workers picketed about safety concerns, the governor planned legislation and other steps after recent oil train disasters.

Updated: February 07, 2014, - 11:37 AM

Xcel, utility, insurers sue GE over accident at Becker power plant

A lawsuit over a catastrophic turbine failure at the coal-fired Sherco plant alleges that General Electric concealed a known defect for years.

Updated: February 06, 2014, - 11:58 AM

Oil train leaks crude over 70 miles of track in Minnesota

A single leaking tank car on a Canadian Pacific oil train left a sheen of crude oil Monday along 70...

Updated: February 04, 2014, - 08:48 PM

Bixby’s top fundraiser lived lavish lifestyle

Key witness admits he owned two Rolls Royces and took friends on exotic vacations while raising money for failed energy...

Updated: February 03, 2014, - 09:26 PM

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