July 2015, Vol. 242, No. 7

Features

Crude by Rail Boosts West Coast Supply as Regional Production Falls

While U.S. crude oil production increased by nearly 3.2 MMbpd from 2010 to 2014, production in the West Coast region decreased by 100,000 bpd, continuing a long-term decline, EIA data showed. With no major crude oil pipelines connecting the West Coast to other parts of the country, refineries on the West Coast adjusted by increasing imports of foreign crude oil, reaching an average of 1.1 MMbpd over the past five years. Shipments of domestic crude by rail to the West Coast have also increased, from an average of 23,000 bpd in 2012 to 157,000 bpd in 2014. In the first quarter of 2015, West Coast CBR movements averaged 191,000 bpd. Bakken crude oil production from the Midwest is the major

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