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A document released Tuesday indicates that most fire departments along the oil trains’ rail route are not prepared for a spill or fire that could accompany a derailment.
The industry’s critics charge that their shipments are taking a back seat to crude oil.
Canadian employers are swarming to draw out-of-work Americans north.
School bus driver Barb Russell heard there was good money to be made here in the oil fields of North Dakota, so last month she packed a bag, locked her Farmington, Minn., home, and headed west. She tripled her income.
Environmentalists and industry experts say a leaked cable is among several examples from unguarded moments and public documents that signal the administration’s willingness to push ahead with the controversial pipeline, even as its agencies conduct environmental and economic reviews.
When al-Qaida tried in 2006 to blow up Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil processing facility, arguably the world’s most important petroleum hub, it was taken as a sign of strength that internal security had foiled the attack. U.S. State Department cables tell a different story.