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Critics charge crude oil is displacing other commodities on trains

(Source: McClatchy News Service, April 10, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Grain producers, manufacturers and coal shippers told federal regulators Thursday that rail service has deteriorated drastically in the nationís midsection in recent months, leaving crops in piles on the ground and fuel stocks low at electric power plants as resources go undelivered.

Railroad representatives told the federal Surface Transportation Board that a brutal winter, combined with a record grain harvest, was to blame for the delays, but the industryís critics charge that their shipments are taking a back seat to crude oil.

Full story: Bellingham Herald

Friday, April 11, 2014

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