Today, I visited Casselton, North Dakota, to reaffirm DOT's commitment to making sure energy products transported by train are carried safely.
My trip to Casselton came as the result of an invitation from North Dakota's Congressional delegation --Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp, and Congressman Cramer-- all of whom have been working with DOT on ways to strengthen the safe transport of crude oil since a train carrying crude crashed near Casselton last January. It was good to have the chance to hear directly from them, along with Congressman Peterson from Minnesota and local leaders at a roundtables in Casselton and Fargo today, so I could express how grateful we at DOT are for their support as we work to respond to this challenge.
Safety is our top priority, which is why we're putting every option on the table when it comes to improving the safe transport of crude oil by rail. In addition to updating tank car regulations, we have taken immediate action-- issuing multiple safety advisories, conducting investigations, and reaching agreements with the rail industry to reduce speeds, utilize new braking technology and improve first responder training-- an unprecedented, comprehensive approach.