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API Rebuts Bakken Crude Speculation

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Oil and gas industry advocates are refuting claims by the U.S. Department of Transportation that Bakken crude oil is more dangerous to transport than other crudes.

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In a July 23 proposed rulemaking, the DOT cited data collected between August 2013 and May 2014 that showed “crude oil from the Bakken region in North Dakota tends to be more volatile and flammable than other crude oils.”

The American Petroleum Institute (API) quickly rebutted the DOT speculation, calling for the department to ground its regulations in facts, not speculation.

“The best science and data do not support recent speculation that crude oil from the Bakken presents greater than normal transportation risks,” said API president and CEO Jack Gerard. “Multiple studies have shown that Bakken crude is similar to other crudes.”

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