Live webcast for rail-safety hearing Thursday

A U.S. Senate subcommittee called by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., for examining rail transportation safety has rescheduled its hearing to Thursday at 10 a.m. Heitkamp will give an opening statement and question the witnesses at the hearing.

The subcommittee on surface transportation and merchant marine infrastructure, safety, and security was formed following the collision and derailment of two trains near Casselton last December, when the derailment of more than 20 crude-carrying tankers triggered an explosion and lengthy fire, spilled more than 9,500 barrels of oil, and prompted a temporary evacuation of the nearby town. No people were injured in the incident.

Examining the current challenges for passenger and freight rail, testimony to be given at the hearing will come from representatives of the Federal Railroad Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Communications Commission, American Petroleum Institute, and Association of American Railroads.

A live webcast of the hearing on “Enhancing Our Rail Safety” will be available at (