Railroads balk at making oil disaster plans public

train bridge overhead

By Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio

Some 300,000 Minnesotans live within a half mile of railroad tracks that carry crude oil. But almost none of them have been able to see emergency plans the railroads were required to submit by July 1.  Rail executives say making the entire plans public would reveal sensitive security information and expose the rail lines to sabotage.

It begs the question: If  300,000 people in Minnesota live next the rail lines, how can the existence of oil train cars be kept secret?

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