North Dakota crude no more dangerous than similar fuels, report finds

|By:, SA News Editor

An industry-funded study concludes that crude oil from the Bakken region is similar to other North American light, sweet crudes and does not pose a greater risk to transport by rail than other crudes and transportation fuels.

But the study also outlines several best practices intended to boost safety, including classifying the crude higher on the hazardous material shipping scale.

The group hopes the report allays fears that Bakken oil may be more prone to ignition after a series of accidents involving rail shipments of the oil.

Bakken producers include CLR, EOG, KOG, WLL, HES, XOM, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO.