North Dakota: Rail bottlenecks have eased since oil bust

June 12, 2017

In 2014, railcar space was prime real estate that was high in demand.

A conglomerate of factors had come together to bottleneck North Dakota rail shipments.

Despite the fact that oil prices were beginning to slip, oil production remained high. Ag producers wanted to get out as much crop as possible in a year, foreseeing a downturn in commodity prices. To top it off, coal shipments across the country increased, and with too few pipelines for oil, crude by rail was the way to get the most shipments out of the state.

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