Oil rail facility officially opened near Ft. Laramie

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A first of it's kind rail transloading terminal capable of loading multiple crude oil types has been in operation since December just outside of Ft. Laramie in Wyoming. The facility was officially opened Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Eighty-Eight Oil LLC Superintendent Jerry Herz says the terminal gives the rocky mountain producer and Canadian producers Flexibility in moving their production to the east coast, gulf coast and west coast.
Herz says because the terminal was designed to handle multiple crude types, they are confident of it's long term viability. Further, Herz says by connecting their terminal to BNSF's expansive railway system, we can provide producers of the Rocky Mountains and Canada that flexibility.

The facility initially includes three rail loop tracks and has tankage for unit train loading operations. Each loop track is capable of holding one unit train; in addition, the automated loading racks are capable of loading two trains with different crude types simultaneously.

Herz says environmental concerns that have been expressed regarding the terminal are without base. He says they have a very high tech facility, taking care of all emissions by burning off any vapors and odors. Herz says the facility is constantly monitored and self contained.

Herz says 50 people are employed at the terminal, which has an initial loading capacity of 80,000 barrels a day, with the potential to expand.

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