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New Washington Reports Shows No Crude Oil by Rail in Grays Harbor

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A new report from the Washington State shows no crude oil traveled by railroad to Grays Harbor County in the 4th quarter of 2016. The Department of Ecology was tasked with releasing the “Crude Oil Movement by Rail and Pipeline Quarterly Report” by code adopted last summer (Chapter 173-185 WAC) which established reporting standards for facilities that receive crude oil by rail and pipelines that transport crude oil in or through the state. Additionally, the rule identified reporting standards for Ecology to share information with emergency responders, local governments, tribes, and the public.

This quarterly report for the reporting period October 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016, provides aggregated information on crude oil transported by rail to facilities in Washington, information on crude oil movement by pipeline, and information on crude oil spilled during transport and delivery for rail and pipeline.

In addition, information is provided about the volume of crude oil transported into the state by vessel, and eventually by pipeline. Although the report said that pipeline data was delayed and will be added later this month.

View the entire report here: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/documents/1708002.pdf

A summary of the data shows:

  • Two regions of origin are reported: Alberta and North Dakota.
  • Three types of crude oil are reported: heavy, medium, and light.
  • The total volume of crude oil transported by rail during the quarter was 14,708,705 barrels (617,765,610 gallons).
  • The average weekly volume of crude oil transported by rail was 1,050,622 barrels (44,126,124 gallons).
  • The total number of rail cars moving crude oil by rail was 21,603 cars.
  • The average number of rail cars per week moving crude oil by rail was 1543 cars.
  • 1% of crude oil transported by rail was heavy crude, 5% was medium crude, and 94% was light crude.
  • Alberta was the region of origin for 6% of crude oil transported by rail, while North Dakota was the region of origin for 94% of crude oil transported by rail.