15 March 2007 22:11 [Source: ICIS news]
Joined by other senators and representatives, Senator Byron Dorgan (Democrat-North Dakota) told a press conference that
Dorgan also charged that the
“We need to rejuvenate the
“We will pass this legislation,” Dorgan said. “I am committed to this process. We need rail service, and there has got to be a better way.”
Legislation still being drafted would, he said, free chemical producers and other high-volume rail freight customers from being “captive shippers”, meaning rail customers that for all practical purposes are served by only one of the four major US railroads and consequently pay disproportionately higher shipping rates.
Jack Gerard, president of the American Chemistry Council, said it is “important, once and for all, for us to balance our relationship with the railroads”. He said
The council is one of more than 3,000 manufacturing, agricultural, forestry and electric utility entities who make up a rail service advocacy group, Consumers United for Rail Equity (Cure).
Senators Amy Klobuchar (Democrat-Minnesota) and David Vitter (Republican-Louisiana) also voiced support for legislative reform of rail service, and both said they were confident Congress can act on the legislation this year despite its busy schedule.
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