- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Amid widespread concern over crude oil shipments by rail, the task of addressing safety issues in Wyoming has been mostly left up to local governments.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Monday (https://tinyurl.com/me9gh4w ) the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security doesn’t track crude oil shipments except for large movements from the Bakken formation in North Dakota.

Bakken crude is considered more volatile that many other types. The U.S. Department of Transportation requires railroads to notify state officials of shipments of more than 1 million gallons.

State homeland security officials say they haven’t been notified of any of Bakken shipments since the federal requirement was put in place.

Wyoming has no state agency for railroads. The state Transportation Department is working on a plan with the Wyoming Business Council to track rail traffic.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com


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