March 18, 2014 | Caledonia Argus | Yes, there’s a marked increase in rail traffic through Houston County. Yes, this activity can be directly attributed to the Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota. Yes, the oil contained within the cars from North Dakota is more volatile than other oil.
All these points and more were confirmed and addressed by Houston County Emergency Manager Kurt Kuhlers during the March 11 County Board meeting. Kuhlers spoke at the meeting, along with Mark Marcy, of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, to address questions about the county’s preparedness for a derailment, explosion, leak or other rail catastrophe.