Last Thursday night KPIX aired a great investigative piece. Kinder Morgan has a crude oil rail terminal in Richmond that flew under the radar, and was discovered from a statement in an investor report. KPIX went out there, saw crude oil in the DOT-111 railcars being unloaded into trucks, and followed the trucks to the badly behaved Tesoro refinery in Martinez.
Today brings us a little bit more information from the CC Times. In an article entitled “Huge increase in crude oil by rail to Bay Area concerns local leaders“, we learn that Kinder Morgan quietly got a permit last month to transfer oil from rail cars to trucks, and we find out that Bay Area “volume of crude by rail increased 57 percent during 2013, from 74,332 barrels in January to 116,657 barrels in December” with 85% of that from North Dakota – in other words, it’s the explosive Bakken shale oil.