BISMARCK, N.D. — Officials with North Dakota’s two largest railroads say they’re unconcerned about the opening of the new Dakota Access pipeline, which at full capacity would be able to haul half of the oil produced in the state.
The Associated Press cites BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific officials who say that crude oil makes up a shrinking portion of its traffic and that in 2016 it hauled more coal and grain through the state than crude. Last year, BNSF moved 426,000 carloads out of North Dakota.
A says crude oil now makes up about 5 percent of the railroad’s total traffic. For CP it made up about 2 percent, officials say.
The pipeline could begin operation as early as next week.