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UN Report: U.S. crude rail cargoes may present 'unique hazards'

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WASHINGTON - International rules for handling the kind of petroleum shipments involved in several recent fiery derailments may need to be revised, the United Nations said, in a move that could rattle the fast-growing oil-by-rail sector.

A U.N. panel for shipping hazardous materials this week said that it accepted a request from U.S. and Canadian experts to revisit rules that govern shipping the kinds of fuel produced in energy areas such as North Dakota's Bakken.

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