After train fires, feds warn Bakken oil may be more flammable than traditional forms of oil

  • Article by: JAMES MacPHERSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 2, 2014 - 6:25 PM

BILLINGS, Mont. — Following a string of explosive accidents, federal officials said Thursday that crude oil being shipped by rail from the Northern Plains across the U.S. and Canada may be more flammable than traditional forms of oil.

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gerrymanderJan. 2, 14 3:07 PM

American Greed at it's finest. Right BNSF?

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aeporterJan. 2, 14 3:25 PM

Wouldn't it be safer to transport the oil through a pipeline?

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gutshotJan. 2, 14 3:30 PM

Those considering copper nickel mining in Mn should take note--accidents happen -- it's inevitable!!!

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rlwr51Jan. 2, 14 3:41 PM

Do they really have to take responsibility? I though all they had to do was get the money.

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rshacklefordJan. 2, 14 3:52 PM

More flammable? Great! That crude oil from overseas should drop in price then because our product is better, right? As for a pipeline, that is only a stationary bad-guy target and those leak too. Leaking into the large aquifer underneath Nebraska would ruin us bigtime.

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Rob7304Jan. 2, 14 3:55 PM

Only because ND oil just that good! Isn't that what we want? YES! I have seen a jar of ND Bakken oil. It looks like green gasoline. I'm sure it would run your car right out of the ground, although a bit rough. Its not like motor oil. It's essentially the consistency of gasoline. And it needs to be shipped in an underground pipeline!!!!

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9moonsJan. 2, 14 4:00 PM

------"Wouldn't it be safer to transport the oil through a pipeline?"------

Up until this oil train explosion, the biggest talk in ND was about all the oil and saltwater spills coming from PIPELINES. And the state and oil industry not reporting them to the public. Kind of hard to hide train explosions.

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minnexyzJan. 2, 14 4:17 PM

Replacing all the old tank cars with safer double-walled tankers would prevent most of these fires. It would be expensive but if they are serious about shipping oil by trains through these areas for many decades it would be worth the expense.

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bulldog93Jan. 2, 14 4:33 PM

I assume all those complaining about the Bakken oil are NOT driving cars, riding buses, flying on airplanes, or consuming any goods transported by trucks. Right?

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u4775Jan. 2, 14 4:49 PM

Light sweet crude is the most desirable for refining. The XL pipeline Obama keeps vetoing is meant to carry Canadian tar sands crude at the opposite end of the oil spectrum. When oil fields are developed, the easiest way to transport it is rail, pipelines come later.

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