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The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails

Westbound oil train, Essex, MT. Photo credit Roy Luck.

Westbound oil train, Essex, MT. Photo credit Roy Luck.

Since 2012, nearly a dozen plans have emerged to ship large quantities of crude oil by train to Northwest refineries and port terminals. This would be a major change for the Northwest’s energy economy, yet so far, the proposals have largely escaped notice. This series begins with a report that is the first comprehensive, region-wide review of all the oil-by-rail projects planned or currently operating in the Pacific Northwest, and it proceeds with updates on and analysis of their development.

For analysis of the traffic impacts of oil and coal trains in communities throughout the Northwest, see the series “The Wrong Side of the Tracks.”


Posts on The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails

22. Running “Off the Rails”

ForestEthics’ new report on the Northwest fossil fuel blow-up.
on March 13, 2014 at 9:35 am

21. The Man Behind the Exploding Trains

  Pulling back the curtain on Warren Buffett’s role.
  and on March 4, 2014 at 10:30 am

20. The Growth in Oil-By-Rail in One Picture

  Railroads now move 57 times more oil on trains than just a few years ago.
on February 24, 2014 at 6:30 am

19. Updated Oil-by-Rail Analysis

  Sightline has a new accounting of Northwest oil train projects.
on February 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm

18. No Margin for Error

  DOT-111 tanks cars are unsafe at any speed.
  and on February 12, 2014 at 6:30 am

17. Video: How Oil Trains Put the Northwest At Risk

  Sightline featured in new video on oil trains.
on February 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm

16. CARTOON: How Communities See Oil Trains

  Oglala-Lakota artist on Bakken oil trains and risk.
on January 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm

15. Why Bakken Oil Explodes

  The perils of a particular petroleum, explained.
  and on January 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

14. Another Oil Train Blows Up, Because That’s What They Do

  Major fire in New Brunswick after derailment.
on January 8, 2014 at 9:10 am

13. Oil Trains: What You Should Be Reading

  Understanding why oil trains are a threat.
on January 7, 2014 at 6:30 am