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Oil tanker car protest in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS (KFGO-AM) -- Oil train safety was on the minds of Dakota Resource Council members as they gathered in Grand Forks Tuesday afternoon to raise awareness about the dangers of moving Bakken crude by train. 

The group displayed a large sign to draw attention to the large volume of oil riding the rails and the congestion caused by those trains.

The group is also asking the federal government to ban D-O-T-111 rail cars citing the ease with which they can be punctured.

D-R-C member Todd Leake says it’s also hard for farmers to hear "we can’t get your wheat to market" because the oil trains are taking priority. A recent NDSU study suggests delayed shipments of grain have cost North Dakota growers over 66-million dollars in lost sales.