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API comment on Bakken by rail report

Oilfield Technology,

Following the release of a report from the North Dakota Petroleum Council, the API have made the following comments on the findings.

"It is essential to separate fact from fiction as we work to enhance the safe transportation of crude oil," said API President and CEO Jack Gerard. "Multiple studies have now debunked the idea that Bakken crude in meaningfully different than other crudes. This data will allow industry and regulators to base actions on science rather than speculation as part of our comprehensive approach to addressing concerns regarding the transportation of crude by rail, which includes prevention, mitigation and response."

The report

Independent third party contractors performed the NDPC study by collecting and analysing more than 150 samples of crude from wells and rail terminals in the Bakken. Characteristics measured include API gravity, vapour pressure, initial boiling point, flash point, and light ends content. Tested sample results were typical of light crude oil and classified as flammable liquids according to federal regulations. The study found no meaningful change in transit, little geographical variation, and no evidence of corrosiveness.

The findings are consistent with test results from nearly 250 samples of crude oil that API members have already shared with the US Department of Transport. 

Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd.

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