Trade Group: Bakken Crude Doesn’t Require Special Handling

Posted May 15, 2014 at 10:08am

Reuters reports that “despite several fiery mishaps involving fuel produced in North Dakota’s Bakken energy patch, cargo from the region does not need special handling when it moves on the tracks, the leading voice for U.S. refiners said on Wednesday.”  

“The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the trade group for the country’s refiners, funded a third-party study of Bakken fuel that concluded the product is being handled properly.”  

“‘Bakken crude is as safe to transport as other crude oils and is well within the safety standards for current rail car designs,’ said Charles Drevna, the president of the trade group.”  

“Some Bakken fuel samples were found to carry a large share of flammable gas but not so much that special handling is required under the rules, he said.”