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

BNSF cited for serious flaws in track before N.D. accident

The Federal Railroad Administration, in response to a request from a North Dakota senator, says it inspections frequently turned up defective track.

Updated: February 20, 2014, - 09:36 AM

NRC cites Xcel for security violation at Prairie Island nuclear plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday said it had cited Xcel Energy Inc. for a security violation at its...

Updated: February 19, 2014, - 09:04 PM

N.D. oil output drops due to cold weather in December

North Dakota oil output dropped 5.5 percent in December as severe winter weather made it hard to work at wellheads,...

Updated: February 14, 2014, - 08:51 PM

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

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