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North Dakota Eyeing New Rail Transportation Policy; Energy Shipments Part of Assessment

North Dakota Eyeing New Rail Transportation Policy; Energy Shipments Part of Assessment

With more pipeline capacity coming online and the economics working against rail shipments of Bakken crude oil, North Dakota state officials nevertheless are continuing efforts to revise the state’s plan for railroads, including crude-by-rail (CBR) transportation.

March 23, 2016

Pipelines Now Preferred Transportation for Bakken Oil, North Dakota Official Reports

Pipelines have passed rail tank cars as the preferred means of shipping Bakken oil from North Dakota to markets on the three U.S. coasts, according to statistics released Friday.

January 19, 2016

Train Carrying LPG Derails in West Virginia

A CSX Corp. train carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) derailed early last Thursday in Wetzel County, WV, but no injuries or propane leaks were reported.

December 28, 2015

Oil Shipment Implications Embedded in Proposed Rail Merger

Canadian Pacific Railway’s (CP) unsolicited $28 billion move to acquire a larger U.S. counterpart, Norfolk Southern Railroad, this week stirs questions and implications for the U.S. oil industry, which in the midst of the shale boom has increasingly relied on rail to move crude oil and other liquids to market.

November 20, 2015

LNG by Rail Now an Option For Interior Alaska

Developers of competing projects to serve Interior Alaska natural gas demand with liquefied natural gas (LNG) now have the option of shipping by rail as the Alaska Railroad Corp. has been cleared by federal regulators to carry containerized LNG.

October 14, 2015

Broken Rail Blamed for WV Derailment; Judge OKs $344M Settlement in Quebec Wreck

Federal regulators said last February’s fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia was caused by a broken rail, and levied $25,000 fines against both CSX and Sperry Rail Service for failing to detect the flaw despite two separate inspections months before the accident.

October 9, 2015

Fitch: New Rail Crude Tank Cars to Be Costly

New regulations in the United States and Canada requiring a total changeout of crude oil tank cars will be costly for the rail and energy industries given the relative short time span for making the transition, Fitch Ratings said.

July 2, 2015

Fitch: New Rail Crude Tank Cars to Be Costly

New regulations in the United States and Canada requiring a total changeout of crude oil tank cars will be costly for the rail and energy industries given the relative short time span for making the transition, Fitch Ratings said.

July 2, 2015

West Coast Seeing Rail Oil Terminal Building Boom

With confirmation of a steady increase in domestic crude oil landing in West Coast refineries via rail transport (see Shale Daily, June 10), the corresponding increase in rail oil terminal projects in the region is not surprising, although the buildout so far is concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, according to the California Energy Commission's (CEC) senior oil analyst.

June 11, 2015

West Coast Seeing Rail Oil Terminal Building Boom

With confirmation of a steady increase in domestic crude oil landing in West Coast refineries via rail transport (see Shale Daily, June 10), the corresponding increase in rail oil terminal projects in the region is not surprising, although the buildout so far is concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, according to the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) senior oil analyst.

June 11, 2015