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

CEO of 'clean coal' company goes on trial in $57 million fraud

Bixby Energy Systems of Ramsey promised investors that it would convert coal to clean-burning gas, but prosecutors contend it was...

Updated: January 11, 2014, - 08:02 PM

N.D. delegation presses U.S. regulators to make tank cars safer

After last week’s oil train wreck, the state’s senators and congressman met with the U.S. transportation secretary.

Updated: January 09, 2014, - 09:09 PM

Jan. 8: Oil train accidents prompt review of tank car safety

Three disasters in the past six months in the U.S. and Canada have demonstrated the risks of carrying crude oil by rail. Oil tankers now carry more than 10% of U.S. oil, up 40-fold in five years.

Updated: January 09, 2014, - 01:29 PM

Massive solar plan for Minnesota wins bid over gas

A judge’s ruling notably said the renewable energy proposal would be a better deal for ratepayers.

Updated: January 02, 2014, - 11:51 AM

Settlement reached at Northern Tier Refinery in St. Paul Park

The two sides faced a midnight strike deadline at Northern Tier Energy, but a mediator helped them reach a deal.

Updated: December 31, 2013, - 11:01 PM

Dec. 31: Casselton residents flee after oil train explosion

A crew from Little Rock, Ark., endured subzero temperatures overnight to check for any health hazards. "Right now, we're in limbo," a deputy sheriff told the Star Tribune.

Updated: December 31, 2013, - 10:22 AM

As oil train burns, 2,300 residents of Casselton, N.D., told to flee

Officials were calling for the evacuation of the entire town after a BNSF grain train derailed and crashed into a crude oil train, causing tank cars to explode in towering mushroom-cloud flames.

Updated: December 31, 2013, - 04:30 AM

Minnesota's teetering gasoline prices are rising

Minnesotans are driving more, and the price of light crude is up.

Updated: December 30, 2013, - 08:03 PM

CenterPoint lauds its natural gas pricing plan

When CenterPoint asked for a 5 percent rate hike in Minnesota, the u­til­i­ty pro­posed a shift to high­er fixed cus­tom­er...

Updated: December 23, 2013, - 09:09 PM

Gevo biofuel produced in Luverne, Minn., passes Army helicopter test

Gevo Inc., which produces an alternative alcohol in a former ethanol plant in Luverne, Minn., said Monday that the Army...

Updated: December 23, 2013, - 08:46 PM

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