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DOT Announces Emergency Order

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Bakken crude shipments by rail are an imminent hazard according to Anthony Foxx the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a new emergency order, that would require railroads to inform state how much Bakken crude oil is traveling within their borders. The order also urged shippers of Bakken crude to stop using older DOT 111's to ship their oil, which Senator Heitkamp agrees with.

"That's a critical safety factor for first responders and for communities. They need to know what's moving through their towns so that they can be best prepared in the unlikely event that there would actually be a rail accident," says Heitkamp.

Bakken crude oil was being transported in a string of explosive accidents in the past year, the most recent on May 1 in Virgina.

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