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Railroad venture significantly increasing number of oil trains running through Minnesota

The Canadian Pacific railroad and the oil terminal's developer say a new technology makes the crude less hazardous


October 18, 2021

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

A train carrying oil made its way along the tracks near downtown Minneapolis in 2015.

A new Canadian railroad venture is sparking a significant increase of 15 to 20 oil trains that run through Minnesota each month.

Canadian Pacific Railway's specialized new Canadian crude cargoes run on its main line, which bisects the Twin Cities. And the Canadian rail giant's recent deal to purchase a major U.S. railroad will likely make its new oil service even more appealing to shippers.

Oil-by-rail has stoked safety concerns in Minnesota and elsewhere since 2013 when an oil train in Quebec caught fire and exploded, killing 47 people.Since then, several more oil trains in North America have derailed and spilled, some catching fire.


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