Breaking records in Canada's crude trade with the USA
US imports from Mexico and Venezuela, Alberta's main competitors for heavy oil supply, continue to fall, dropping by another 22,000 and 71,000 bbl/day, respectively.
A record number of those barrels were shipped by rail, estimated at about 200,000 bbl/day in May. According to the National Energy Board (NEB), that's a new record high.
About half of those rail shipments were headed to the Gulf Coast (PADD 3), a region greatly underserved by pipeline from Canada. Rail exports to the West Coast (PADD 5) also hit a record 44,000 bbl/day.