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

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

Taking a giant green gamble on biogas

In Le Sueur, waste from a vegetable processing plant is being turned into fuel used to make electricity.

Updated: December 21, 2013, - 06:43 PM

AARP vows to fight CenterPoint rate hike

The advocacy group for older people the proposal hurts those who use less natural gas.

Updated: December 20, 2013, - 08:51 PM

Big ethanol plant in Fairmont, Minn., is reopening

The plant, mothballed since September 2012, is reopening after being bought by the nation’s fourth-largest ethanol producer.

Updated: December 19, 2013, - 09:28 PM

Minnesota regulators to study power-sector pollution costs

Minnesota utility regulators on Thursday agreed to take a fresh look at whether the price of pollution is accurately reflected...

Updated: December 19, 2013, - 08:45 PM

Obituary: Marty Knutson flew U-2 spy planes over Russia

Martin (Marty) Knutson, who flew U-2 spy planes over the Soviet Union during the Cold War and later led NASA’s...

Updated: December 18, 2013, - 07:50 PM

Tainted peanut butter case delayed

The tri­al of form­er Geor­gia pea­nut plant own­er Stew­art Par­nell and three of his employees for sell­ing taint­ed pea­nut but­ter...

Updated: December 15, 2013, - 02:00 PM

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