ND lawmakers react to oil train proposals

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 23, 2014 at 1:09 pm •  Published: July 23, 2014
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation say they're encouraged by proposed rules for rail tank cars that carry crude oil.

Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer say the issue of rail safety is important, though they also want commonsense rules that are workable. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp adds that it takes a comprehensive approach that includes government and industry in the discussion.

U.S. regulators are proposing to phase out thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude. It's the government's response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including one at Casselton in December that left an ominous cloud over the town and led some residents to evacuate.

Casselton Mayor Lee Anderson says anything that will make oil shipments safer is welcome news.