First District Minnesota Congressman Brad Finstad, joined by a bipartisan group of seven members of the House of Representatives, sent a letter Friday to the Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) requesting they exercise their oversight authority to address the ongoing disruption in Union Pacific’s rail service to the upper Midwest region.
On Dec. 29, 2022, Union Pacific announced a “catastrophic embargo” on rail service throughout the Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin region due to winter weather. Union Pacific announced last week that the embargo would be extended for an estimated additional 14 days, further delaying service and disrupting the supply chain.
“Union Pacific’s ongoing rail embargo is unacceptable, which is why I am calling on the Surface Transportation Board to hold Union Pacific accountable and take steps to immediately restore reliable rail service for their customers,” Finstad said in a press release. “The effects of this disruption are placing an undue burden on our growers and producers, who rely on critical rail service for their livelihood."