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Safety debate eyes treating Bakken crude before it hits rails

(Source: Reuters, May 12, 2014)

HOUSTON, Texas After a spate of fiery derailments, the scramble to make North Dakota's Bakken crude oil safer when it's being transported on trains has focused on better tracks, slower speeds, and reinforced railcars that bypass urban areas.

But that is starting to change. A potentially more effective approach, which would remove the most volatile elements from the crude before it is being loaded onto rail cars, is now beginning to get attention, both from regulators considering safety enhancements and some lawmakers, industry executives say.

Full story: Reuters

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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