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Vice President Brian Sweeney of BNSF Railway Co. tells a Minnesota House committee Wednesday, March 5, 2014, that railroads have a good and improving safety record. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Minnesota lawmaker seeks more state railroad oil safety oversight

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ST. PAUL – Western North Dakota’s oil boom puts Minnesota in a dangerous position, a key Minnesota lawmaker says, and the state should increase its rail oil safety oversight.

Most of the highly volatile oil moves from the Bakken oilfields through Minnesota.

“We are at the geographic epicenter of this,” said Chairman Frank Hornstein, D-Minneapolis, of the House Transportation Finance Committee.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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