Off the Rails: Bakken crude routes through Arkansas

by Region 8 News

On May 4, 2015, Region 8 News submitted the following Freedom of Information request (ADEM FOI Request) to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management:

  • Under a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) emergency order issued on May 7, 2014, all railroads are ordered to notify state emergency response councils when a single train carrying more than one million gallons of Bakken crude oil are traveling through their states.
  • Under this order, the railroads are required to provide the volume, frequency and county by county routes of these trains.
  • Under our state’s open records laws, I write to request a copy of these documents/records turned over to the state of Arkansas by the railroad companies under this order.
  • KAIT seeks to obtain electronic copies of the requested records.

The ADEM submitted the following documents in response to our request:

Arkansas 2015–Expected Bakken oil train movements in Clay, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Cross, Woodruff, Monroe, Arkansas, Jefferson, Lincoln, Desha, Drew, Chicot, and Ashley Counties.

Arkansas UP CBR Bakken Packet–Bakken oil train movements in Clay, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Cross, Woodruff, Monroe, Arkansas, Jefferson, Lincoln, Desha, Drew, Chicot, and Ashley Counties.

Bakken Unit Train Route–Map of Bakken train route through western Arkansas.

Arkansas UP CBR Bakken Alternate Route–Number of trains hauling Bakken crude through Jefferson, Cleveland, Calhoun, Ouachita, Columbia, and Lafayette Counties

Arkansas UP CBR Bakken Alternate Route (3)–Number of trains hauling Bakken crude through Jefferson, Cleveland, Calhoun, Ouachita, Columbia, and Lafayette Counties

Arkansas Temporary Re Route Notification Dec 11–Routes through Jefferson, Cleveland, Calhoun, Ouachita, Columbia, and Lafayette Counties.

AR Update 2–Bakken oil train movements in Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Conway, Faulkner, Pulaski, Jefferson, Lincoln, Desha, Drew, Chicot, and Ashley Counties.

AR Update 3–Map of Southern Arkansas alternate route

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