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Phillip Qualy of the United Transportation Union tells reporters near a St. Paul railyard Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, that trains can transport crude oil safely, but more railcar inspections are needed. (Don Davis/Forum News Service)

Lawmakers seek oil transportation fee for safety programs

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ST. PAUL — Improved crude oil safety measures should be funded by charging 0.01 cent per gallon on all crude transported in Minnesota, the state Legislature’s transportation finance chairman said Wednesday.


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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.