It’s no secret that trains carrying highly volatile Bakken Shale crude oil pass through Ohio daily en route to East Coast refineries.
The new revelation is that as much as 437,000 barrels per day of the dangerous crude oil may be moving by train across Ohio because it straddles key west-to-east rail lines.
That crude oil volume surfaced on Tuesday when the federal government released first-ever monthly data on crude oil shipments by rail. Such shipments have raised safety concerns in some circles with accidents and derailments.
In January, the region that includes the Midwest and North Dakota’s Bakken Shale was by far the largest shipper of crude by rail, averaging 732,000 42-gallon barrels per day.
The East Coast region was the largest recipient, taking in 437,000 barrels a day by rail from the Midwest in January. That’s enough Bakken crude to fill 612 rail tank cars every day.
Much of that volume likely passed through Ohio on rail lines en route to the East Coast.Read the rest of the article here.
Click here to read the announcement from the U.S. Energy Information Administration that it is now tracking crude shipments by rail.
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