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Posted: Jun 18, 2014 3:04 PM

Updated: Jun 18, 2014 3:05 PM

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) Montana officials intend to release details next week on oil trains passing through the state despite efforts by railroads to keep the information from the public.

An attorney for Gov. Steve Bullock said Wednesday federal officials confirmed the information isn't security-sensitive and that says its release would raise awareness and help protect public safety.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx ordered railroads last month to provide specifics on oil train routes, crude volumes and other information to states. That's after a series of explosive accidents.

Railroads say the order covers confidential information that could be misused if it was made public. Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF Railway, the main carrier of crude oil in many western states, has said it would consider legal action if Montana moves to release oil shipment details.

Topics: US--Oil Trains-Emergency Order

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