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Jumping aboard the North Dakota oil-by-rail shipping boom

startribune -- Two years ago, Gabe Claypool had nothing to do with oil and railroads.

Today, he is CEO of a Wayzata-based company that ships 3.5 percent of North Dakota's oil to East Coast and other refineries in railroad tank cars.

The company, Dakota Plains Holdings, is part of a revival of the old way of shipping crude oil -- via rail -- that last flourished during World War II. And it's another case of North Dakota's oil boom igniting spinoff businesses.

"If the capacity to move oil isn't there by pipeline, the only alternative is to get it out by rail -- or you stop producing oil until the pipelines catch up," Claypool said in an interview.

Claypool, 37, who grew up on a farm in Hampton, Iowa, was living in Minnesota in 2011 when investors in Wayzata and Minneapolis approached him to run their


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we'll see how long it lasts.
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Good old American capitalism at its finest!
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ALL ABOARD.......
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Jumping aboard the North Dakota oil-by-rail shipping boom! Without a pipeline to move the oil more efficiently, the railroad is the next best thing. Get the oil shipping business while you can, things can change.
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Whatever works.
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good for jobs
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Glad they are not using Amtrak.
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boom
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have oil will travel.
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It's good for job creation.
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could be very bad if spills
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 11:46:51 PM

Interesting and informative article.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 11:46:40 PM

and the first time one of these trains jumps the track, y'all enviro-terrorists will be screaming again..build the d*mn pipeline !!!..

[Edited by: 10k at 1/21/2013 12:47:00 AM EST]
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Go where the money is.
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wise guy here, goes with what he sees coming.
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Look, Obama DID create some jobs!
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Super dee duper
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Who would have thought that railroads would have cashed in on fracking business. But what the h---, go for it!
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Great
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Good for him.
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Jumping
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I wish I had the extra money to invest into the railroad companies shipping out the oil.
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Good money to be made in rail transportation of oil.
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i am not smart enough o commet
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Old news
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Got to do what you got to do and that is it.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 11:29:45 PM

More old news.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 11:27:57 PM

I assume a train with oil does like 60 mph. How fast does oil go in a pipe. If anyone knows please post something on my whiteboard.
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nothing like a railroad!
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Build the pipeline. It is a no-brainer.
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Rail & Truck cost more & is more dangerous than Pipelines.
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Makes sense instead of the pipelins.
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Neat
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 11:24:04 PM

One advantage rail shipment has over pipelines is the destination can be changed as needed so long as the rail runs there. And all refineries seem to have some rail access. Even the Chevron refinery in El Segundo, CA which is on the coast in Los Angeles can be accessed by rail.
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Choo-choo cha-ching!
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Trains helped make this country they can also help save this country
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It's been working for decades
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If you've no pipe, it's the cheapest way to go.
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Crreed1, "old news"?

I disagree, this is current news that we must continue to discuss.
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Lots of rail cars full of oil passing through my town! There are lots of pipelines too.
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Thank Rocky Feller for rail cars or we would ship it in barrels.
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OK
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old news
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@judgemobile is against everything.
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There are a number of forms of transportation, and at this time, railroad is in operation. The rail line have been traveling through the Dakotas for over a century now, and there is more than one line traveling toward the east coast.
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Old article.
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time will tell
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They are shipping it to Philadelphia.
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Ricebike,

"they'll find ways to lower the supply to keep gas prices high"

????????????????????????????\

Who is "They?"
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Will do what they must
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