By Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota State University study cited by public officials in hearings on rail shipment delays has been withdrawn as an official publication of the university.

The report by the department of agribusiness and economics was done at the request of North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple highlighted numbers from the study in his testimony before National Surface Transportation Board last week in Fargo.

William Wilson, a professor in the department, said Thursday that there’s “nothing radically wrong” with the report, but it was done on short notice and included a couple of assumptions that were “probably not appropriate or defendable.”

Wilson says several senators are doing “their own back of the envelope calculating” on the impact of the delays, but the issue deserves serious study.

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