Illinois contacts tell me that rail-to-barge crude oil loadings on the Illinois River have spiked from next to nothing to up to 180K bbl [very recently] (2 weeks ago). At least a portion of this was ND crude, with the balance Canadian sand crude.Accurate? rumors? My hunch is that it is right on the mark.
For those who want to explore more, this link was sent to me by Don:
Kirby Corporation is the premier tank barge operator in the United States, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and coastwise along all three U.S. Coasts, Alaska and Hawaii. Kirby's service includes the transporting of petrochemicals, pressurized products, black oil products, refined petroleum products and agricultural chemical products by tank barge. Kirby also owns and operates four ocean-going barge and tug units transporting dry-bulk commodities in United States coastwise trade.Maybe it's just me, but one certainly gets the feeling that:
a) the Bakken is providing a lot of work for folks nationwide
b) killing the Keystone XL may have been a decision that was thought through very, very well ... or just lucky ...