State: Up to 7 Bakken oil trains a week through Oklahoma

2014-08-05T13:43:00Z State: Up to 7 Bakken oil trains a week through OklahomaThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 05, 2014 1:43 pm  • 

OKLAHOMA CITY — As many as seven oil trains a week pass through Oklahoma carrying crude drilled in the Northern Plains that has been involved in multiple fiery derailments, including a 2008 explosion northeast of Oklahoma City involving oil from Montana.

Responding to public records requests, Oklahoma's emergency response commission on Monday disclosed the number of trains expected through 20 counties. It did not name the railroads involved.

Oil trains travel through the state's two most populous counties: Oklahoma County, with one train a week, and Tulsa County, with four, according to the commission.

In August 2008, an oil train that originated in Fairview, Mont., derailed near the town of Luther, causing an explosion and fire involving more than 80,000 gallons of crude. Another derailment and explosion in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic last summer killed 47 people.

Railroads provided details on the shipments to states in June, under a federal order covering all shipments of at least 1 million gallons of crude from the Bakken, the oil-rich rock formation fueling the oil boom in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. An individual oil train can carry three times that volume in more than 100 tank cars.

Some railroads, including Union Pacific and BNSF railway, tried to convince states not to release the information, claiming it was security sensitive.

But many states have disagreed and made some or all of the information about the shipments public in order to raise awareness and comply with public records laws.

Oklahoma's Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Commission said it decided to release the information because it does not include specifics about individual shipments.

The information suggests trains carrying Bakken oil take several different routes in the north east and central portion of the state. Shipment details have been given to emergency responders in each county that has the trains, according to state officials.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More from the Gazette

Highlands mine could mean primary, secondary jobs for Butte

Highlands mine could mean primary, secondary jobs for Butte

11 hours ago Photos

Photos

Loading…
Bakken wives worry over job losses

Bakken wives worry over job losses

12 hours ago Photos

Photos

Loading…
Dickinson refinery costing more than expected due to delays

Dickinson refinery costing more than expected due to delays

January 20, 2015 11:00 am Photos

Photos

Loading…
Freight booming at Billings airport

Freight booming at Billings airport

January 16, 2015 4:42 pmLoading…

Williston to shut down man camps for new fire sprinkler systems

January 15, 2015 9:40 amLoading…

Company owner dies at Bakken oil well site

January 15, 2015 9:26 amLoading…
1 dead, 1 injured in Bakken oilfield accident

1 dead, 1 injured in Bakken oilfield accident

January 14, 2015 4:58 pmLoading…
Noodles & Company opening in Bozeman, Missoula

Noodles & Company opening in Bozeman, Missoula

January 11, 2015 3:30 pmLoading…
Senate panel approves Keystone bill despite veto threat

Senate panel approves Keystone bill despite veto threat

January 08, 2015 11:17 amLoading…
‘Do not rent’: Bakken hotels try to curb human trafficking

‘Do not rent’: Bakken hotels try to curb human trafficking

January 04, 2015 2:19 pm Photos

Photos

Loading…
Business, labor groups preparing for legislative session

Business, labor groups preparing for legislative session

January 04, 2015 6:00 am Photos

Photos

Loading…
Car wash eying MetraPark-area expansion

Car wash eying MetraPark-area expansion

December 29, 2014 6:40 pmLoading…
Get weekly ads via e-mail

Deals & Offers

Featured Businesses