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Bakken crude not the problem, industry-commissioned study finds: Refining group asked for study into volatility of crude’s characteristics

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As regulators and industry debate crude-by-rail safety, one industry-backed study has found Bakken crude fits within safety standards for the rail cars it’s currently transported in — and North Dakota’s oil industry group said its study is showing the same.

The study, commissioned by refining group American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, found Bakken crude not to be any more flammable than oil from several other formations.

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