Oil companies confused by U.S. government order for shipping oil by rail

|By:, SA News Editor

Yesterday's U.S. government emergency order requiring tests of crude oil on trains prompts confusion as refiners and producers try to understand what the new requirements will mean to their operations and how broadly they will apply to shipments.

"What do you want us to test for?” says Alon USA Energy's (ALJ) director of supply, trading and business development. "I’m not really sure what this means or what they expect from us."

Tesoro’s (TSO) VP of development, supply and logistics says he isn’t sure what new procedures were being mandated since the company already tests crude shipments.

Continental (CLR), the biggest producer of Bakken crude, praises the government’s effort to improve crude-by-rail safety.

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