Runaway Train: The Reckless Expansion of Crude-by-Rail in North America.
Oil Change International, May 2014.
This report tracks the rise of crude-by-rail in North America, detailing where crude trains are being loaded and unloaded, how many trains carrying crude oil are crossing the North American continent, and who is involved in this burgeoning trade.
This report is the first in a series covering North America’s booming crude-by-rail industry and is being published in conjunction with a unique interactive online map of crude-by-rail terminals and potential routes.
Future reports in this series will look at the economics of crude-by-rail, safety, and climate change issues.
Please see www.priceofoil.org/rail for the map and links to reports and data.
The growth of crude-by-rail in North America has been primarily driven by the relentless growth in fracked oil (known as light tight oil), which is at the heart of America’s ongoing oil boom.
Key findings of this report are:
Communities need to organize to stop this runaway train in its tracks. This report and the online map that accompanies it seek to assist that process by providing data on what the crude-by-rail industry is doing, where it is operating, and what is has planned.
Download the full report here.
Go to the crude-by-rail landing page for the interactive map and further information.