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Continued: Railroads agree to slow down crude oil trains in cities

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 21, 2014 - 10:44 PM

BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth disputed Glover’s workforce figures in the Twin Cities, but conceded that the railroad has difficulty hiring in North Dakota, where the oil boom has sparked intense competition for workers.

Holly Arthur, a spokeswoman for the Association of American Railroads, rejected criticism that railroads face few burdens under the voluntary measures.

“What this is doing … is putting down what the industry will do voluntarily across the board about the movement of crude oil,” she said. The industry also supports tougher tank-car standards and other safeguards, she said.

 

David Shaffer • 612-673-7090 Twitter: @ShafferStrib

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