BNSF train carrying crude oil derails in North Dakota


A Burlington Northern (BRK.A, BRK.B) train carrying crude oil derailed this afternoon just west of Casselton, N.D. near the city's ethanol plant; no injuries are reported but few details have been provided so far.

Crews at the scene say as many as a dozen railcars that were carrying ethanol or oil had left the tracks, with some bursting into flames.

BNSF hauls ~750K bbl/day of oil from places like the Bakken in North Dakota and the Permian Basin in west Texas to refineries, and executive chairman Matthew Rose says the railroad should hit 1M bbl/day by year-end 2014.

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  • Michael Bryant
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    I think we need more pipelines. The Keystone Pipeline may be dead (and I am not a big fan of it either), but what about OTHER pipeline projects. I can't see how a railcar is safer than a pipeline if they are both made of the same material. And technically, both can be a potential terrorist target.
    30 Dec 2013, 06:56 PM Reply Like
  • The Rebel
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    Power plants could be targets, and so could a crowd of shoppers in any shopping mall or busy American street. That doesn't mean that power plants shouldn't be built or that people should stop shopping. We need to get off this terrorist mentality and do the right thing. Build the Keystone Pipeline!
    30 Dec 2013, 10:47 PM Reply Like
  • PeakOiler
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    And to think that Warren Buffett owns a big chunk of this environmental disaster. Ok Warren, just crack open another can of coke, suck on a few See's Candies, call up Geico or General Re, then close your eyes and relax, it's all covered. What a great investor.
    30 Dec 2013, 06:58 PM Reply Like
  • JMajoris
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    Yeah, he's my personal investment broker and he's done very we'll for me.

     

    "And to think that Warren Buffett owns a big chunk of this environmental disaster. Ok Warren, just crack open another can of coke, suck on a few See's Candies, call up Geico or General Re, then close your eyes and relax, it's all covered. What a great investor."
    30 Dec 2013, 11:10 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    A crude by rail disaster is only a matter of time.
    30 Dec 2013, 08:28 PM Reply Like
  • Roy Blanchard
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    We already had it. In Quebec last summer. And the cause evidently was one man not following standard safety practice. So was the commuter train wreck in NY a few weeks ago, the commuter-freight collision in Calif that got us the PTC mandate, and the SC chemicals train wreck that blew up a town several years ago.

     

    People cause wrecks, not products. Fact: railroads had more accidents per million train-miles when there were six-man crews than they do now with one-and two-man crews. So perhaps the answer is to get rid of people controlling trains from aboard the trains and run the trains like a huge train set from control centers. Just like they run pipe-lines.
    31 Dec 2013, 06:45 AM Reply Like
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