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Changes in the Energy-by-Rail Mix
February 17, 2013 | UPI

Railroads revenues are dropping as electric power plants switch from coal to natural gas. However, the use of railroads to transport crude oil is rising. This is changing the geography of rail transport and also the types of rail cars that are needed.

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Rail Transport of Crude is up 48% over 2012
July 12, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
"With U.S. crude oil production at the highest level in two decades, outstripping pipeline capacity, the United States is relying more on railroads to move its new crude oil to refineries and storage centers. The amount of crude oil and refined petroleum products transported by rail totaled close to 356,000 carloads during the first half of 2013, up 48% from the same period in 2012." Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.

Canadian Oil Sand Crude by Rail
October 3, 2013 | Marketwatch
The Reuters story above shows that crude oil can be transported long distances by rail - from North Dakota to Philadelphia. Another story on Marketwatch explains how rail could be used to transport Canadian oil sands crude if the Keystone XL pipeline is not built.

The Increasing Importance of Railroads to the Energy Sector
December 19, 2013 | The Oklahoman
An article on The Oklahoman website explains the growing importance of railroads to the energy sector. More crude oil and frac sand are being shipped by rail today than ever before.

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