BEACH (AP) - Some residents of Beach are worried about a developer's plans for an oil-loading railroad port just west of the western North Dakota town.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that the plan is to start with a freight facility and expand to an oil-loading facility for 110-car trains within four years. The company that would own the facility hasn't been disclosed. An initial public hearing is set for Feb. 24.
Zoning board member Tama Smith say she worries about the facility's proximity to the town. It would be less than half a mile away at its closest point. Smith says if there was an accident, prevailing winds would bring smoke over the community, just as they did during the recent derailment of an oil train near the eastern town of Casselton.