About a dozen times a week, engines haul 100 or more cylindrical tank cars through Seattle. Each car is marked with a 1267 placard, the hazmat code for crude oil. Not just any old crude. These trains carry Bakken, a highly flammable product extracted primarily in North Dakota and Montana, and each tank car “holds the energy equivalent of two million sticks of dynamite or the fuel in a widebody jetliner,” as described in The Wall Street Journal.
See the rest of my story in the October 2014 issue of Seattle Magazine: LINK HERE