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Industry: North Dakota oil no more volatile than others

The North Dakota Petroleum Council's report is contrary to a federal assessment that says Bakken oil may be more flammable than other crudes.

The Associated Press

8/7/2014

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil officials presented state regulators an industry-funded report Wednesday that says Bakken oil is no more dangerous to transport by rail than other crudes and fuels.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council's report is contrary to a federal assessment that says Bakken oil may be more flammable than other crudes.

The reports come after a string of fiery accidents involving Bakken crude.

Industry consultant Dennis Sutton told the North Dakota Industrial Commission the two reports agree that characteristics of Bakken oil are similar. But he says the reports reached different conclusions on its volatility.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he intends to question U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on the federal report when the men visit Bismarck on Friday for a national energy policy conference.

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