West Coast Crude Transport Tracking Project

Over the past 7-8 years, movement of Bakken Crude and Alberta oil sands products by rail across the Northwest. In Washington alone, crude movement by rail has gone from negligible volumes in 2010, to an estimated 17 million barrels in 2013, to nearly 60 million barrels in 2019.

To better understand where and how this material is moving, the Task Force created a map of crude movement across the Western States. We also included those pipeline and barge routes that are involved in transporting the Bakken and Alberta oil sand products at this time. Click on the map to enlarge and/or download.

The map provides the Task Force jurisdictions and stakeholders a snapshot of where crude is currently moving. It can be used to identify areas of high risk for rail spills across the region, and help target preparedness and response planning efforts for this rapidly growing inland crude movement situation. This map was updated in 2019.

View the 2018 Crude Volume Summary Report here.

Graph 1: Percent total annual volume by transportation mode (2018)

Graph 1: Percent total annual volume by transportation mode (2018)

Graph 2: Annual volume by transportation mode and jurisdiction (2018)

Graph 2: Annual volume by transportation mode and jurisdiction (2018)

Graph 3: Annual volume by transportation mode and jurisdiction (2018)

Graph 3: Annual volume by transportation mode and jurisdiction (2018)

Graph 4: Total annual volume by transportation mode (2014-2018)

Graph 4: Total annual volume by transportation mode (2014-2018)

map: 2019 oil movement west coast

Map of current rail routes, interstate
pipelines and barges transporting crude across the West Coast. (click map to view larger pdf of map, 1.5MB)