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Texas releases details on crude shipments from Bakken region

AUSTIN, Texas — As many as 10 trains weekly have been coming into Texas carrying a million gallons or more of Northern Plains crude oil that’s been involved in fiery derailments in the U.S. and Canada.

Details on the shipments were released Friday by the Texas Attorney General’s Office under a public records request from The Associated Press.

They show BNSF Railway hauling up to six trains weekly into the Houston area. The Fort Worth-based railroad reported two to four trains weekly along a second route through Tarrant and McLennan Counties.

Kansas City Southern Railway reported hauling up to one train a month into Nederland, Texas.

A train carrying crude from the Bakken region of Montana and North Dakota derailed and sparked a spectacular fire last week in West Virginia. Hundreds of families were forced to evacuate.

In related news, Bakken crude more volatile than other oils, report said.

This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


  1. I find it interesting that in all the news stories, this is labeled as “Bakken oil”. Never have I heard about a train derailment and fire carrying Arab or Venezuelan oil. It’s just oil.

  2. Build a pipe line and it won’t derail.

  3. Build a pipeline duh.

  4. Maybe I’m mistaken but I don’t believe oil tank cars travel from North Dakota out of the way to West Virginia then to Texas. Would cost twice as much money as a direct route.