Full Title: A Survey of Bakken Crude Oil Characteristics Assembled or the U.S. Department of Transportation
Author(s): Dangerous Goods Transport Consulting, Inc.
Publisher(s): American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
Publication Date: 05/2014
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Recent incidents in the U.S. and Canada involving the transport of Bakken crude oil originating in North Dakota has focused considerable attention on the transportation of Bakken crude oil by rail. Questions have been raised as to whether Bakken crude oils pose substantially different risks than crude oils that have traditionally been transported. At the request of the Department of Interior (DOT), the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) conducted a survey o its members to address questions posed by DOT and developed this report of its findings. In addition to obtaining responses to the questions DOT raised, as part of its survey, AFPM also collected data stemming from analysis of approximately 1400 samples of Bakken crude oil in order to better understand its properties.