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Petroleum Council hires firm to study Bakken oil: Dallas company to take samples from well sites, rail-loading facilities

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Amid concerns from lawmakers and the public about oil transportation safety, North Dakota’s oil industry group has hired a firm to do an independent study of Bakken crude characteristics.

Dallas-based Turner, Mason and Co. will take multiple samples over several weeks at well sites and rail-loading facilities that give a “geographical cross section” of the Williston Basin, North Dakota Petroleum Council Vice President Kari Cutting said. Sampling is already underway.

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