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Williams County Builds New Rail Tracks

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The need to transport more and more Bakken oil is leading to the development of secondary tracks, known as rail spurs, where railcars can be loaded and unloaded.

But the Williams County Planning and Zoning Commission is strict about where to allow them. They denied a proposed rail spur in Trenton because it would have prevented any further residential or commercial growth there. Even after turning it down, the planning and zoning commission says it realizes the importance of rail spurs.

"The thing is, we aren't denying rail spurs, because we know that those really are needed. They are needed throughout the county and throughout the Bakken. But, the locations of some of those proposed rail spurs could be better. We feel like they should not be right up on a city," says county planning specialist, Taylor Corbett.

The Trenton request was that the property for the rail spur be rezoned from agricultural to industrial use.

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