Another BNSF Bakken Investment

By The Bakken Magazine Staff | June 24, 2013

BNSF Railway wanted to be closer to the Bakken action. The rail giant already provides a significant transportation alternative for oil and gas companies in the play, and it has opened a new office in Bismarck, N.D. The economic development office will allow the company to have a greater presence in the region, and help to serve existing and future customers, Amy Mcbeth, spokesperson for BNSF, said. “We have strong relationships with economic development partners and opening an office closer to our customers will put BNSF in better position to help shippers in all industries in the state expand and grow,” she said. 

BNSF's current role in oil and gas transportation is huge. The company serves 16 of the top 19 oil-producing counties in central and western North Dakota and five of the top six oil-producing counties in eastern Montana, through thousands of miles of rail in the Williston Basin. Mcbeth also notes that BNSF currently hauls more than 50 percent of all Bakken crude. 

The new Bismarck office will house an economic development, sales and marketing staff, many of whom will work with outside developers in planning rail access for new industrial developments. The team in Bismarck will also help current and future customers plan and construct new locations, Mcbeth said. 

“BNSF continues to make tremendous investments in North Dakota,” said N.D. Gov. Jack Darlymple of the office opening. In the past two years, BNSF Railway has hired more than 400 employees in the state and currently has 1,500 employees in the state. Those numbers help to support comments Mcbeth made on the role of the company in the development of the Bakken and the entire state. “We are investing and expanding to support economic growth for the next century,” she said.