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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.

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