A comprehensive third-party study released today by the
"It is essential to separate fact from fiction as we work to enhance the safe transportation of crude oil," said API President and CEO
Independent third-party contractors performed the NDPC study by collecting and analyzing more than 150 samples of crude from wells and rail terminals in the Bakken. Characteristics measured include API gravity, vapor pressure, initial boiling point, flash point, and light ends content. Tested sample results were typical of light crude oil and classified as flammable liquids according to federal regulations. The study found no meaningful change in transit, little geographical variation, and no evidence of corrosiveness.
These findings are consistent with test results from nearly 250 samples of crude oil that API members have already shared with the
The NDPC study found that the test DOT requires for measuring crude oil's initial boiling point can lead to varying packing group determinations for the same sample of crude. These limitations have no practical impact on the rail transport of Bakken crude oil because regulators authorize the same tank cars and emergency response methods for all crude oil and hydrocarbon transportation fuels.
A separate effort has found that vapor pressure alone is not a good indicator of crude oil flammability, according to the preliminary analysis by industry experts working with DOT and
API continues to work with regulators and the railroad industry to develop a new standard for classifying, handling, and transporting crude oil by rail. The working group developing it expects to have a draft standard in June. API's standards are accredited by the
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