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Transportation of Crude Oil by Rail: Latest Research from the Canadian Transportation Research Forum

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jul 9, 2013) - Research recently published by the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF) focuses on the potential for transportation of crude oil by rail in North America. The research was conducted by Malcolm Cairns of Malcolm Cairns Research and Consulting and was presented at the CTRF Annual Conference in Halifax Nova Scotia on June 11.

In North America crude oil has traditionally been transported to markets by pipeline. However, large quantities of product from new sources such as the Alberta oil sands and the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota will require the development of new pipeline connections and capacity. The development of new pipelines has however been a contentious matter and the future of pipeline projects including the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipeline projects remains uncertain. Where pipeline capacity is unavailable, North American railways have increasingly been moving crude oil to markets and this is likely to continue in the foreseeable future.

This two-part paper provides a broad overview of these issues, including the current movement of crude oil and related traffic and approximate estimates of the rail capacity to handle future volumes. A copy of the full research paper, "CRUDE OIL BY RAIL: PARTS I and II" can be downloaded at www.ctrf.ca/Proceedings/2013CrudeOilbyRailCairns.pdf.

The CTRF is a non-profit association of transportation professionals dedicated to promoting the development of research in transportation and related fields and providing a forum for networking and discussion of transportation issues. For additional information on CTRF or on current research highlights, please visit the CTRF website: www.ctrf.ca.