1 Explosive Risk That Could Derail America's Oil Boom

Railways like Berkshire Hathaway’s BNSF, CSX, and Genesee & Wyoming are all carrying more oil thanks to America’s oil boom. That’s turning out to be an explosive risk to the oil boom.

Jun 1, 2014 at 1:09PM

Oil Train

Photo credit: Flickr/Roy Luck.

Railway operators like Berkshire Hathaway's BNSF, CSX (NYSE:CSX), and Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE:GWR) are all profiting from carrying oil from America's oil boom. There's just one problem: This boom is becoming way too literal, as several oil trains have derailed over the past year and exploded. It's a growing risk that has the potential to derail America's oil boom.

I've created the below slideshow that details some of the recent train derailments involving oil. The presentation takes a look at the Berkshire Hathaway-owned BNSF fireball derailment last December in North Dakota, Genesee & Wyoming's explosive derailment in Alabama in November, as well as the most recent derailment of a CSX train in Lynchburg, Virginia. In addition to that,I'll take a look at several other notable train wrecks involving oil in the U.S. as well as the tragic oil train disaster in Canada last year.

What's worrisome is that many of these disasters are happening hundreds of miles away from booming oil production basins. We're seeing trains overturn and explode in both rural areas and cities, and while the U.S. has been spared a major disaster, there's always the risk that the next oil train explosion will be the big one that derails the oil boom until permanent pipelines are finally built. 

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Matt DiLallo has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Berkshire Hathaway and Genesee & Wyoming. The Motley Fool owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and CSX. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

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