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Published February 12, 2014, 09:21 PM

Lawmakers call for action regarding oil spills

Some legislators say Minnesota needs to beef up its ability to respond to oil spills. Lawmakers say recent accidents point out the risks to Minnesotans of the boom in crude oil shipments by trains from North Dakota.

Some legislators say Minnesota needs to beef up its ability to respond to oil spills. Lawmakers say recent accidents point out the risks to Minnesotans of the boom in crude oil shipments by trains from North Dakota.

Against the backdrop of a large rail yard in St. Paul Wednesday afternoon, legislators outlined a bill they plan to introduce at the start of the upcoming session. Their proposal would impose a fee of one-one-hundredth of one cent per gallon of crude oil transported across Minnesota by rail or pipeline. They say the money would be used to help state and local authorities with planning and training to ensure that Minnesota communities are safe.

The bill also calls for trained personnel and local disaster plans.

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