Ag Secretary Supports South Dakota Petition On Canadian Pacific Railway

Ag Secretary Supports South Dakota Petition On Canadian Pacific Railway

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board urging support for South Dakota’s petition regarding the Canadian Pacific Railway and the former DM&E Railroad.  Governor Dennis Daugaard’s Policy Advisor Matt Konenkamp says the Governor met with Vilsack and discussed the potential loss of the only east-to-west rail in South Dakota and how having access to a single railroad could increase rail rates.


Governor Daugaard has also filed a petition with the STB to determine if the CP lived up to its representations when seeking to buy the DM&E.


Along with the state of South Dakota, the USDA supported CP’s acquisition in 2008 based upon the company’s initial promises.

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