"Currently there is such a backlog of grain waiting to be shipped by rail that if we don't push these railways to provide service to
The directive asks the
A directive such as this is necessary due to government deregulation of railways and several other factors; such as competition and winter weather conditions Sombke explained.
"Deregulation left railways without any laws that will keep rail companies moving product out of
The new status reports will serve to monitor the railways to ensure they are moving product on a timely schedule. "Until requiring these reports they could do whatever they wanted any time they wanted with any commodity they wanted," Sombke said. "For most part, shipping priority went to the highest bidder; in this case, the oil industry."
This is the STB's second order in response to the serious rail transportation issues in the upper Midwest and Great Plains. The first order issued in mid-April to CP and BNSF concerned getting necessary fertilizer to farmers in advance of spring planting. The railroads responded and prioritized the shipment of fertilizer to meet the enhanced scrutiny from STB. Unfortunately, that did not address all of the rail shipping issues.
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