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West Coast to get Bakken oil via rail indefinitely: regulator

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota’s Bakken crude oil should continue to travel to the U.S. West Coast via rail for the foreseeable future, the state’s pipeline regulator said on Tuesday.

The use of pipe to transport oil out of the No. 2 U.S. crude producing state continues to climb, nearly reaching parity with rail this month.

Yet with no pipelines planned across the Rockies, the two oil trains that leave North Dakota each day for Washington state should continue to chug along, Justin Kringstad, director of the state’s pipeline authority, said at the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s annual meeting.

“The West Coast will be serviced by rail for the foreseeable future,” he said.

In related news, Hearing dates set for Bakken Pipeline access through Iowa.

(Reporting by Ernest Scheyder in Fargo, North Dakota; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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  1. If I am not mistaken, There a guy named Warren Buffet who has a great deal to do with rail transportation. I suspect if the money trail was followed, you will find him in the mix of pipiline issues and why they are not being promoted.

    • How would you propose building a pipeline through/over the Rocky Mountains, feasibly?

      Did you read the part of the article that said pipeline capacity is now on par with rail capacity? Pipeline infrastructure is developing daily in the Bakken region, Buffet isn’t slowing pipeline progress. Buffet’s system, however, was largely intact (and had been for decades) when the Bakken boom was peaking. Pipelines have now caught up, albeit a bit late.