Bakken Oil Fields

Oil Train Safety
6:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Oregon Report Identifies Gaps In Oil Train Safety

Reports show three oil trains a week pass through Oregon on the way to the Global Pacific oil terminal near Clatskanie, and additional oil trains pass through central and southern Oregon on their way to California once a week.
Credit Tony Schick / EarthFix

Several mile-long oil trains cross through the state of Oregon every week carrying volatile oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields. A new report released today Friday identifies gaps in Oregon's ability to handle the safety risks. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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Oil Train Regulation
4:58 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

BNSF Won’t Stop Release Of Oil Train Info By Seeking Injunction

Today is the deadline for railroads to try to stop Washington state from sharing oil train delivery information with the public.
Credit Raymond D. Woods Jr. / Flickr

The federal Department of Transportation has required railroads to notify states when they're shipping more than 1 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil by rail.

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Oil Train Regulation
4:45 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Despite Confidentiality Concerns, BNSF Will Report Oil Shipments To States

A BNSF locomotive pulling a shipment of crude oil.
Credit Raymond D. Woods Jr. / Flickr

BNSF Railway said it will comply with a Saturday federal deadline to provide states with information about the frequency and routes of oil trains from North Dakota and Montana.

The railroad made that announcement Friday even though Washington, Oregon and Idaho have balked at signing confidentiality agreements about the crude oil shipments.

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Oil Train Regulation
4:45 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Emergency Order Forces Transparency From Rail Industry On Oil Movements

Until now, the railroad companies moving oil haven’t had to tell state authorities anything about their cargo.
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There are millions of gallons of oil moving by train through the Northwest.

Most of them are traveling from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, to several refineries along Puget Sound.

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Canadian Oil Train
6:25 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Canadian Oil Train Tragedy Draws Attention To Rising Oil Train Traffic In Pacific Northwest

Aerial view of charred freight train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. The photo was taken Sunday, a day after the train of crude oil derailed. As of Monday the death toll had reached 13 and about 50 people remained missing and unaccounted for.
Credit Transportation Safety Board of Canada

A train loaded with oil exploded in Eastern Canada over the weekend. There are 13 confirmed deaths and dozens more missing. The train was carrying oil from the massive Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota.

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