Senators Franken and Baldwin draw attention to trains carrying crude oil through Twin Cities and beyond

Six trains carrying crude oil have derailed and exploded in 2015. Based on the probability of a derailment, the Department of Transportation (DOT) predicts there will be at least four more this year. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) came together with state representatives, fire chiefs, mayors and citizen activists from Minnesota and Wisconsin to discuss the growing concern of trains carrying highly volatile crude oil through urban and suburban areas in the metro area in both states. Usually trains derail in rural areas, drawing little mainstream attention. But, in 2013, a derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Canada killed 47 people and demolished the entire town. Continue Reading