Number of oil trains likely to increase

Save Story
Leer en español

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — The number of oil trains moving through north Idaho is expected to increase in coming years, raising fears of a catastrophic accident.

BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says they move an average of 1.5 loaded oil trains through north Idaho each day. The trains roll through Sandpoint, Athol, Rathdrum and Hauser from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota and Montana to coastal refineries.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reported that an oil train typically has about 100 rail cars and each car holds about 29,000 gallons.

Union Pacific, the other railroad that transports commodities through the Idaho Panhandle, carries crude that is interspersed with other products. That's according to spokesman Aaron Hunt.

Melonas said the volume of oil trains coming through North Idaho is expected to increase.


Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press,

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics

The Associated Press


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast