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CP Wreck at Parkers Prairie, Minn.
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photoman475
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CP Wreck at Parkers Prairie, Minn.
 
« on: Mar 27th, 2013, 8:15pm »
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Bad news tonight for the CP.  Part of a 94-car oil train derailed, spilling about 26,000 gallons of crude oil.
 
Fortunately, no fire and the spill was contained, and apparently no one is hurt, according to WDAY television news tonight.
 
More on this later.


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« Reply #1 on: Mar 30th, 2013, 9:40pm »
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Update:
 
It turns out 14 cars derailed on this train and less than 15,000 gallons of crude oil was spilled.
 
The CP brought in mitigation crews and trucks to pump out the derailed tank cars.  The frozen ground prevented the spill from being worse than it was.
 


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« Reply #2 on: May 3rd, 2013, 2:29am »
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How much crude does CP ship?    
Are trains a viable alternative to all these pipelines/expansions being proposed, or is the capacity of rail to small for the amount needing to be shipped?


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Matt Arnott, Kamloops, B.C.

"I would prefer to see it shipped by train..."
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« Reply #3 on: May 4th, 2013, 5:35pm »
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CP Rail4744:
 
I can't answer the question about how much crude gets shipped by CP.
 
I can give a partial answer to the second question.  Trains are a viable alternative to pipelines.  Many proposed pipelines won't get built, as has already happened in one case I know of.  This proposed one would have used existing pipeline right of way-essentially adding another pipeline to those already in place.  The builders could not get committments to justify the construction.
 
In addition, several of the pipelines already in place run the "wrong way".  They aren't near the Bakken formation, so any surplus capacity they have is useless for the Bakken oil.
 
This results in the Warren Buffett's BNSF making money as does the CP.  I'd suspect though, that the BNSF hauls more out of the Bakken than CP does, since the BNSF has the former GN and NP lines to route tanker trains on.  Bufffet makes money two ways-he owns companies that build and lease tank cars and then transporting the crude oil!
 
Alan


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« Reply #4 on: Jun 7th, 2013, 1:55am »
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Thanks for the insights, Photoman.   I appreciate the info.
I am not anti-pipeline, (as I see now this might have been construed by some from my question),
just pro-rail and am interested if CP and CN could benefit more from crude and other oil forms being shipped more by rail.
Cheers!


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Matt Arnott, Kamloops, B.C.

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