Category Archives: Bakken Shale Oil


Forest Ethics: An oil by rail threat is a threat to us all!

Thanks to our friends at Forest Ethics for this post: Companies like WesPac and Valero want to build massive new oil terminals to bring exploding oil trains into the San Francisco Bay Area and out through the entire country. And refineries there are proposing a slew of expansion projects to process dirtier, toxic, volatile, carbon […]

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Fact Sheet: Bakken Shale Oil

On this site we talk a lot about Bakken shale oil from North Dakota, and we sometimes refer to trains carrying it as “bomb trains”, because they explode so often. Here’s a deeper explanation of where this kind of oil comes from and its particular dangers. When we talk about the dangers of crude-by-rail, this […]

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There is a reason they’re called ‘Bomb Trains’! Since 2013, there has been a series of catastrophic accidents associated with the transportation of crude oil by rail. As these incidents continue to occur, we will update the list below. March 7, 2015 – crude oil train derailed near Ontario community of Gogama, multiple cars caught […]

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