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Rail shippers have questions about classifying crude

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BERTHOLD — All crude is not created equal — and the task of classifying oil when it’s loaded into railcars has some gray areas.


As federal inspectors investigate whether Bakken crude is properly classified at rail-loading facilities in North Dakota, the manager of one rail terminal says the federal guidelines are vague and open to interpretation.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.