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S.F. No. 886 - Resolution Memorializing the Surface Transportation Board to Require an Environmental Impact Statement for a Rail Connector Track in Crystal
Author: Senator Ann H. Rest
Prepared By: Krista Boyd, Senate Fiscal Analyst (651/296-7681)
Date: March 4, 2015


The resolution states the factual background of the BNSF and Canadian Pacific railroad companies seeking to connect their tracks in Crystal to allow alternative routing of unit trains carrying volatile oil products.  The proposed connector track threatens adverse consequences to response capabilities of emergency first responders,  traffic levels, environmentally sensitive areas, noise levels, public safety, and further poses the risk of eminent domain takings.  The legislature urges the Surface Transportation Board to order BNSF or Canadian Pacific to complete an environmental impact statement before acquiring land, completing final design, or commencing construction of the railroad connector track.

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