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Charlie Roehm, rail manager for Enbridge Rail North Dakota, points to safety features at the rail terminal in Berthold, N.D., on Jan. 15. (Amy Dalrymple / Forum News Service)

Shipping oil by rail brings risks, new worries

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CASSELTON, N.D. -- Maggie Heller watched black smoke drift over her Leonard home a month ago, 20 miles south from where more than a dozen rail cars full of oil exploded.

Heller stops her car farther back from the train tracks now, cringing as she watches others pull right up to the crossing arm and counting down the minutes until the chain of 100-plus cars pass.

"The sooner this gets by, the more comfortable I'll be," she tells herself.

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