Crude-By-Rail

PHMSA Sides with North Dakota, Montana in Crude-by-Rail Dispute with Washington State

PHMSA Sides with North Dakota, Montana in Crude-by-Rail Dispute with Washington State

Federal regulators have concluded that rules for transporting oil preempt a state of Washington rule for screening interstate crude-by-rail shipments from North Dakota and Montana. The Department of Transportation’s U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said the applicable federal law preempts Washington’s vapor pressure limit for oil loaded or unloaded from rail tank…

July 21, 2020
Bakken Producers Scramble to Prepare for Life Without DAPL

Bakken Producers Scramble to Prepare for Life Without DAPL

Producers in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale play are beginning to come to grips with operating without the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that is now under court order to shut down and be drained by early August. The immediate challenges are how to move up to 300,000 b/d to Gulf Coast refineries, and longer term up…

July 8, 2020

Cenovus Cites Lack of Canadian Oil Infrastructure for Reducing Rates, Storing Barrels

A “critical” lack of crude oil export capacity from Western Canada has forced Cenovus Energy Inc. to reduce production rates and store excess barrels in its reservoirs, the Calgary-based operator said Thursday.

March 22, 2018
EIA Trainspotting Crude-by-Rail, Publishing Data Monthly

EIA Trainspotting Crude-by-Rail, Publishing Data Monthly

Now that an increasing amount of crude oil moves by rail — and as these shipments have attracted safety concerns in communities and in Washington, DC — the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has added crude-by-rail data to its monthly petroleum supply reports.

March 31, 2015