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Charm City Versus Crude by Rail

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By Aaron Mintzes

March 4, 2015

From underneath the Howard Street Bridge, I often hear the squeak of CSX trains traveling underground on my light rail ride home. In Baltimore, we expect increases in the volume of petroleum-by-rail destined for the port terminal. The oil industry desires Baltimore as a destination so they can ship crude oil by tanker to refineries along the East Coast. And, if Congress lifts the oil export ban, these shipments will go worldwide. Targa Resources, a Texas-based company, recently filed a permit to construct a crude oil shipping facility at the Fairfield peninsula in South Baltimore.

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Tagged with: maryland, oil trains, infrastructure, baltimore

Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is:  The President’s FY ’16 Budget

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By Aaron Mintzes

February 2, 2015

Yesterday, the President delivered to Congress his FY 2016 budget. In the Federal Government, Congress controls the purse strings of our budget process. However, President Obama does get a crack at making the case for what is important to him. And there is no better way to know any politician’s priorities than following where our money goes and who pays for it to get there.

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Tagged with: mining, abandoned mines, royalty, aml fee, budget, aml, fy2016

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