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FNS Photo by John Steiner Vapor pressure from oil produced from the Bakken formation, as shown above, has dropped dramatically, suggesting the crude is not as dangerous as previously thought.

Not so dangerous: Lab test shows Bakken crude vapor pressure has dropped from previous studies

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NEW YORK — A study of a fresh sample of crude oil from the Bakken shale in North Dakota published this week showed sharply lower levels of volatile vapors compared to previous tests, potentially raising new questions about the danger of shipping it by rail.


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