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Ground Water Quality Program

Bakken/Williston Basin Crude Oil Rail Shipment Notifications


The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an order on May 7, 2014 to all railroad carriers transporting in a single train 1 million gallons or more of crude oil from the Bakken shale formation in the Williston Basin. The DOT order states that a railroad is not required to file subsequent reports unless their number of million gallon, Bakken crude oil trains entering a state changes by 25 percent. The DOT order requires that railroad carriers notify the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for each state about the expected movement of such trains.

        PHMSA Notice regarding Emergency Response Notifications - May 28, 2015

  • Canadian Pacific letters (click on date letter)

         June 3, 2014

  • BNSF Railway Company letters (click on date to see letter)

         Dec. 20, 2018

         Oct. 19, 2016

         Oct. 29, 2015

         June 24, 2015

         May 22, 2015

         May 1, 2015

         March 27, 2015

         Feb. 13, 2015

         Jan. 12, 2015

         Sept. 30, 2014

         June 13, 2014

         June 6, 2014


Emergency Response and Training Information


If you need assistance, please contact Trish Kindt at (800) 433-2288 or E-mail.