Category Archives: Bakken Shale Oil

Crude by Rail

What is it and why are we worried? Crude by rail started as a short-term response to the lack of pipeline capacity to transport crude oil from the oilfields to refineries across the country. Never intended as a permanent solution, it has nonetheless evolved into a mainstay of the crude oil market and had changed […]

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Is there any real regulation of bomb trains at all? Now they’re coming into Sacto.

About a month ago, we reported that the US Department of Transportation had issued an “emergency” order that shippers of crude oil had to properly label railcars of the stuff. This is just so we can know what’s in the railcars – it doesn’t regulate anything about, say, keeping the bomb trains away from towns and […]

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