Officials Say Rail Safety Has Improved, Though Some Are Still Skeptical

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Railroad officials in Minnesota told state lawmakers today they significantly improved their safety records in 2015.

That’s after widespread complaints from the Minnesota legislature about increased oil train traffic, and danger from possible derailments and explosions.

Thousands of rail cars carrying highly flammable North Dakota crude oil pass through Minnesota every day. But after protest from local communities and the state about possible danger, Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) — the largest oil carrier — says it has spent $326 million dollars to make the rails safer.

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