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Philip Qualy of the United Transportation Union tells reporters near a St. Paul rail yard Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, that trains can transport crude oil safely, but more rail car inspections are needed. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

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 chairmen 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.