Railroad says its committed to hauling fertilizer

AP News
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 3:16 PM

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Canadian Pacific Railway has told a federal oversight board that moving fertilizer for spring planting does not present a "significant challenge" for the railroad.

The Calgary, Alberta-based railroad told the Surface Transportation Board on Friday that it's committed to moving "fertilizer and plant nutrients as they are presented to the railroad."

The Surface Transportation Board this week ordered Canadian Pacific and BNSF Railway Co. to report their plans by Friday to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments for spring crop planting.

BNSF said Thursday it will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting.

Canadian Pacific says it's a small player in U.S. fertilizer shipments, moving fewer than 50 cars daily with an overall market share of about 10 percent.