Crude Connections: Where Do Trains Carry Crude Oil?

ProPublica  |  November 25, 2014  |  By Yue Qiu, Eric Sagara and Lena Groeger, ProPublica, and Isaiah Thompson

The amount of crude oil being carried on America’s railroads has grown enormously thanks to the recent shale boom in North Dakota. Though rail transport of flammable material is generally safe, towns and cities across America are often unaware that crude oil is being transported across their borders, and ill-equipped to handle a potential crude oil fire. Though the routes taken by crude-bearing trains is hidden from the public, safety-incident data collected by the train companies and reported to the U.S. government reveals some of the routes. Related Story »

See our interactive map of the crude-oil train data.

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