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Oil Industry Funded Study Shows Bakken Crude is not More Volatile or Flammable

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Final results on an industry funded study of Bakken crude says it's similar to other light sweet crude oils produced in the U.S. and is not more dangerous.The North Dakota Petroleum Council commissioned the study done by Turner, Mason & Company.

The report released was produced in response to growing concerns that Bakken crude may be different from other crude oils and potentially more volatile or flammable.

Samples were collected from fifteen well sites and seven rail terminals in North Dakota from March to April this year.

The samples included old and new wells in the Bakken region.

The report shows that Bakken crude does not pose a greater risk to transport by rail than other crudes and transportation fuels.

It states Bakken crude meets specs for transport in existing rail tank cars.

The final report will be presented to the Industrial Commission Wednesday morning.

The Petroleum Council paid about $400,000 for the study.

 

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