|Lac-Mégantic Oil Train Disaster. Source:Wikipedia|
This week, BNSF released plans for a new rail line in Minneapolis that will bring oil and freight trains closer to homes than ever before. The BNSF plan includes removal of trees that provide a sound buffer, and construction of a retaining wall that will run through existing garages and a home.
The driver for this expansion?
“to fix freight delays that have risen along with increased oil shipments out of the North Dakota oil fields”
For more information, see:
Railroads balk at making Minnesota oil disaster plans public, Duluth News Tribune
BNSF to Minneapolis homeowners: You’re on our land, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal