Cargill: Mississippi River locks and dams need maintenance badly

  • Article by: Adam Belz , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 26, 2013 - 9:28 PM

A Cargill executive argues that infrastructure such as locks and dams needs maintenance badly, placing river freight at risk.

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yathinksoFeb. 26, 13 9:38 PM

Is Cargill willing to pay for it. As a private business that has great tax breaks and makes tons of money, I suppose they expect us taxpayers to foot the bill.

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lakneeFeb. 26, 13 9:58 PM

ARRey asks: Who benefits from this system of locks and dams more than Cargill? Perhaps the Cargills and the MacMillans should pony up the cash to fix it if it does not meet their expectations. It's no secret that they can afford to.

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mn2niceFeb. 26, 1310:01 PM

As is so typical, we will wait until there is some catastrophe before we invest the money to rebuild the system. Nobody wants to spend the money. I can hear it now, "well, there hasn't been a problem before now," they will say, until the Corp points it out to them there has been a problem for 20 years. Ya know, things don't last forever. Bridges need replacement, tunnels start to decay, systems begin to fail. The nest thing ya know people are askkng why wasn't this fixed long ago. All they got to do is point at the Legislature.

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supervon2Feb. 26, 1310:13 PM

Fixing locks and dams does not make votes and that's the most important item on the agenda.

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guttersnipeFeb. 26, 1310:26 PM

So Cargill, who made consolidated revenues of 133.9 BILLION dollars last year, wants the government ( aka - taxpayers ) to upgrade locks and dams? So they can increase profits even more?

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janicemertzFeb. 26, 1310:50 PM

Cargill pays zero fees to use the locks. How about charging them $1,000 per barge per lock, or at least what the operating costs to the taxpayer are. Road shipping involves fees to maintain the road. Why should the giants get ship free on the river ?

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rafannonFeb. 26, 1311:18 PM

this is what happens when legislatures give big business all the breaks and doesnt tax them. It is give me and give me and give me....This needs to stop.. make Cargill pay for the usage... Of course bridges and levees need maintance.. but it is not FREE and the middle class doesnt need to pay for it

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ruphinaFeb. 26, 1311:46 PM

While I agree that Cargill and all other users should pay, in the end it will be passed on to the consumer, and it could hurt Cargill and the American farmers disproportionately by pricing our grains out of some markets, I still think we should do it. If that caused a few million acres to go back to grassland, I would be even more in favor. It would at least give railroads more of a shot at moving grain from farm country to the ports. Bill G.

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boozlesFeb. 27, 1312:30 AM

Yathinkso sums up the real question perfectly. Cargill should start paying its fair share of taxes before whining about infrastructure. Maybe Cargill could make a donation to help maintain the locks and dams they use on the taxpayers dime.

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mrprogressiveFeb. 27, 13 1:32 AM

The comments here are so predictable. I actually expected such anti business class warfare comments before even clicking on the article link. How about this, we don't upgrade the dams out of spite and something happens to them. That cost gets passed on to the consumers (including the poor).

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