The Octopus: North American Crude-by-Rail Projects from BNSF


I recently came across this brochure from the railroad company BNSF about all the wonderful crude-by-rail facilities it connects to and how BNSF is doing their small part to destroy the planet.

“In development” crude-by-rail facilities

Here are the facilities that BNSF lists as “in development”, including the proposed WesPac project in Pittsburg, CA. This is not a complete list, because there may be others not served by BNSF, and we also know of the proposed crude-by-rail project at Valero’s refinery in Benicia.

Likely shippers of shale oil or tar sands

Williston Basin/Bakken

Ceres – Northgate, Saskatchewan, Canada
Dakota Gas – Beulah, ND
Indigo Resources Ltd. – Palermo, ND
Northstar Transload – E. Fairview, ND

Denver/Niobrara/Powder River Basin

Cogent – Casper, WY
Eighty-Eight Oil – Ft. Laramie, WY
Genesis Energy – Bill, WY
Meritage Midstream – Black Thunder, WY
Plains – Tampa, CO

Permian Basin

Mercuria – Seagraves, TX
Rangeland – Loving, NM

Likely receivers of shale oil (including Bakken shale oil) or tar sands

Mid Continent

Basin Transload – Cape Giradeau, MO
Cogent – Lockport, IL
Indigo Resources Ltd. – Osceola, AR
Omega – Hartford, IL
Sovereign Development – Ardmore, OK

West Coast

Alon – Mopeco, CA
Targa – Stockton, CA
WesPac Energy – Pittsburg, CA

Pacific Northwest

Phillip 66 – Ferndale, WA
Savage Services – Port of Vancouver, WA
Shell – Anacortes, WA

Gulf Coast

CIMA – Galveston, TX
Genesis Energy – Raceland, LA
Jefferson Refinery – Port of Beaumont, TX
Texas Deepwater – Houston, TX
Watco – Greensport, TX

East Coast

Buckeye – Perth Amboy, NJ
Canopy – Eddystone, PA
Monroe Energy – Trainer, PA
Plains – Yorktown, VA

Original Document

Originally found on BNSF’s website as a PDF here.

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