Off the Rails: Bakken crude routes through Arkansas

Off the Rails: Bakken crude routes through Arkansas

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - 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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