Since 2012, nearly a dozen plans have emerged to ship crude oil by train to Northwest refineries and port terminals. Moving large quantities of oil by rail would be a major change for the Northwest’s energy economy, but so far the proposals have largely escaped notice.
Most media accounts to date have presented only a fragmented view of the developments, and government regulators are evaluating the projects largely in isolation from one another. Sightline’s report, The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails, presents the first comprehensive, region-wide review of all the oil-by-rail projects planned or currently operating in the Pacific Northwest.
The above map shows the locations of the refineries and terminals under discussion.
Updated February 2014.