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Tanker cars that carry crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota have become part of the freight mix for Burlington Northern Santa Fe going through DL. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

Oil traffic causes BNSF slowdown

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No, it’s not your imagination — there have been more Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight trains parked idling in the area than there used to be.


Blame the brutal winter and the oil boom in North Dakota.

BNSF pretty much pioneered use of tanker cars linked together to move Bakken oil. With more than 800,000 barrels a day being shipped out of North Dakota, the railway was already feeling the load.

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