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ND regulator wants state to monitor oil trains

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June 27, 2014 | The Fresno Bee | BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota should employ its own railroad safety inspectors to help the federal government monitor crude oil shipments coming from the state’s booming oil patch, a state regulator said Friday.

Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said the idea is aimed at preventing fiery oil train crashes like the one outside Casselton in December that left an ominous cloud over the town and led some residents to evacuate.

“This is a big issue on everybody’s mind,” Fedorchak said. “Everybody has seen these accidents.”

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