November 2014, Vol. 241, No. 11

From the Burner Tip

Peak Crude Production Requires New Transport For Capacity, Variety

Booming U.S. crude oil production, especially in areas that were not already big producing locations with good takeaway pipeline capacity, have made it necessary to find new ways of transporting the growing production coming from development of shale reservoirs. The need was filled quickly and relatively easily, using rail for crude transportation from field to refinery or storage. New crude production from shale reservoirs in North Dakota’s Bakken area, Colorado and West Texas lacked pipeline capacity to meet the fast, increasing production. Rail transportation, practically unused previously, has provided relief and even more. A recent Wall Street Journal article reports

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