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A BNSF train sits on the railway in the Dickinson city limits Friday morning. One of the largest railroad transporters in the nation, BNSF boasts moving 40 percent of oil drilled in the Bakken to U.S. refineries.

Tracking Bakken oil movement: 40 percent of SW North Dakota crude leaves via railway

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While some in Dickinson -- particularly on the south side of town -- might only notice a passing train when it's holding up traffic at a crossing or when its horn is alerting motorists and pedestrians, the railroad is actually a key logistic component of the Bakken oil play.


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Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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