Hoeven: BNSF Railway to Hold Off On Speed Limit Increases Through Devils Lake

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that BNSF Railway has agreed to hold off on a plan to increase speed limits for trains traveling through Devils Lake. Hoeven spoke with BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matt Ross this afternoon to express the community’s concerns about the plan and to request the railroad work with the mayor and city leaders to resolve the issue. Rose agreed to hold off on increasing speed limits through the community, review the railroad’s plan and have further discussions with city leaders before proceeding.

The railroad announced a plan earlier this month to increase the current maximum speed from 30 miles per hour to 60 starting Friday, August 1. BNSF noted frequent track inspections and the classification of the track, which allows speeds up to 60 miles an hour.

Residents, however, have expressed concern about the speed limit increase, citing the track’s path through residential and commerc...

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Surface Transportation Board Chairman Updates Hoeven on Efforts to Reduce Agriculture Shipping Backlogs

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today met with Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Daniel R. Elliott to address concerns about backlogs on agriculture rail shipments. Hoeven is pushing the railroads to catch up before the harvest season is fully underway.

“We continue to press railroads to eliminate backlogs and get agriculture shipments on schedule for our producers, especially with the harvest season fast approaching,” said Hoeven. “I spoke with STB Chairman Dan Elliot, as well as BNSF Chairman Matt Rose today, and both indicated that BNSF is catching up.”

Elliot told the senator that BNSF is making progress in its efforts to cut its backlog. According to BNSF, the railroad currently has 3,359 past-due cars in North Dakota, which reflects an average delay of 23.6 days. On July 18, the railroad had 3,908 cars past due, and BNSF committed to spot 450 cars per day to reduce the backlog. BNSF says the trend and progress on past-du...

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Hoeven Congratulates ONEOK on ND Investments to Capture Natural Gas, Reduce Flaring in ND

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement in response to ONEOK Partners’ announcement that it will invest $605 to $785 million in the Williston Basin to construct a new Demicks Lake natural gas processing facility and related infrastructure in North Dakota that will help reduce natural gas flaring in the state:

“ONEOK Partners’ announcement today is good news for North Dakota because it will create jobs and capture more natural gas, but it is also good news for the nation at a time when our allies in Europe and Ukraine need natural gas to resist Russian aggression.

“Recently I introduced legislation with Senators John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and John Barrasso that would cut the red tape holding up energy production and infrastructure development, reduce flaring and expedite liquid natural gas (LNG) exports to America’s allies. Opening world markets to North Dakota and U.S. gas...

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Hoeven Statement on the Senate-Passed Extension of the Highway Transportation Bill

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding Congress’s passage of a measure that would extend highway transportation funding:

“Yesterday, the Senate passed a measure that will allow states to continue and complete construction projects already underway. The measure is especially important to North Dakota to keep up with our state’s steady economic and demographic growth.

“While I have been pushing for a long-term highway bill, this extension was necessary because without it state and local governments in North Dakota and across the nation would have had to suspend or abandon highway, bridge and other important transportation infrastructure projects for the rest of the current season. That would in turn have put thousands of construction workers out of a job.

“The Senate offsets the cost of replenishing the Highway Trust Fund and extends the current highway bill ...

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Hoeven on Sunday Morning Futures

On May 4, Senator John Hoeven joins Maria Bartiromo on Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures to discuss his bipartisan legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline....
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Time to Vote on Keystone XL Pipeline

On April 29, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) leads his Republican colleagues in a colloquy calling for a vote on his legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been under review for more than five years....
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Hoeven Talks KXL CBO Report with Stuart Varney

On February 6, Senator Hoeven talks joins Stuart Varney to discuss his work to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project....
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Hoeven on Flexibility in School Nutrition Program

On Jan 9, Senator Hoeven talks with Gerri Willis about his work to improve flexibility in the school lunch programs....
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Washington D.C.
338 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-2551
Fax: 202-224-7999
Bismarck, ND
US Federal Building
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Room 312
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-250-4618
Fax: 701-250-4484
Fargo, ND
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Room B
Fargo, ND 58103
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Grand Forks, ND
Federal Building
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Room 108
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Phone: 701-746-8972
Minot, ND
315 Main Street, South
Room 204
Minot, ND 58701
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