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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.

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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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