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Derailed!

 

February 22, 2019

Photo courtesy of Bill Stone / www.VentureNorthAviation.com

This aerial view of the site where 40 railcars carrying coal derailed Saturday shows the damage and how much of progress BNSF employees and contractors have made in clearing up the site, which is located on the Fond du Lac Reservation about four miles west of Cloquet. FDL officials say railroad officials have done an extremely poor job of working with the band on the cleanup and emergency response efforts on Reservation land.

FDL board says railroad not working with tribe

Kevin Dupuis didn't mince words Tuesday when talking about the BNSF Railways' response to a derailment of 40 cars carrying coal Saturday on Fond du Lac Reservation land.

He was not happy.

"We have jurisdiction; it's within our lands," said the chairman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. "We are the lead agency and we should have been contacted. There should have been collaboration to ensure the cleanup is done the right way within the eyes of the band, so we take the precautions that are needed with t...



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