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N. Dakota's New Rules Could Put the Brakes on the Oil Train

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N. Dakota's New Rules Could Put the Brakes on the Oil Train
« on: December 10, 2014, 11:01:40 AM »
In North Dakota new rules concerning the transport of crude oil may impact cost & speed of shipments


Here's some excerpts (color, bold mine)

" North Dakota regulators set new rules Tuesday that will require oil companies that are sending out millions of gallons of crude a week by rail to reduce the oil's volatility before it's loaded onto train cars ....

State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said that under the regulations approved by North Dakota's Industrial Commission, all crude from the state's oil patch would have to be treated by heat or by pressure to remove certain liquids and gases before being loaded onto rail cars. The rules take effect April . ...

Dozens of mile-long trains loaded with crude are leaving western North Dakota each week, each pulling more than 100 cars laden with about 3 million gallons of North Dakota crude. About 70 percent of the more than 1.1 million barrels of oil produced daily from the Bakken region is being moved by rail.

Oil trains that carry North Dakota crude through the U.S. and Canada were involved in at least 10 major accidents in less than two years, including an explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people.

The new rules will require North Dakota crude to have vapor pressure below 13.7 pounds per square inch, which is less than the 14.7 psi threshold that is recognized national standards as being stable. Winter blend gasoline that contains 10 percent ethanol is rated at 13.5 psi.

Helms has said about 80 percent of North Dakota crude already falls well below the proposed standard. ...

Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, has repeatedly said regulators are unfairly blaming crude oil when the focus should be directed at railroad safety.

Industry officials say stripping liquids and gases from Bakken crude would result in even more volatile products that would still have to be shipped by rail. It also would result in additional emissions due to heating the oil to remove gases, said Ness, whose group represents more than 500 companies working in the state's oil patch.

Ness warned regulators in a letter to "remain cognizant of the unintended consequences that arise from field orders and rules that are too prescriptive and rigid." ...

Gee, how's about we  burn it up & jus' ship the soot?  Then slow them trains down to 15 mph. All that'd be real safe.

Huh? .....ME?  I'm all FOR safety (that's why I gave up drinkin' so much & drivin' so much) still,  how well thought-out was all this?  I dunno', but before folks put more requirements, processes & more costs on sumthin' they best be sure it's gonna' make a positive difference.

We finally scuttled the Exxon Valdez (for the second time in her life), and turned in at the boatyard the ol'  gray Bismarck before she sank too..  Now I'm Captain of the most beautifulest boat ever, the "HMS HOOD", a 2012 stealth black AWD V-8 Chrysler 300.


Tim W.Pa

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Re: N. Dakota's New Rules Could Put the Brakes on the Oil Train
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2014, 11:51:51 AM »
« Last Edit: December 13, 2015, 09:29:52 PM by Tim W.Pa »
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