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Oil trains on gorge agenda

A BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil Nov. 6, 2013, near Wolf Point, Mont. Shipments of oil through the gorge are being protested by conservation groups because of the potential for explosions if an accident occurs. The Columbia River Gorge Commission has been asked to take a stand against the trains and will make a decision in July.

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A BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil Nov. 6, 2013, near Wolf Point, Mont. Shipments of oil through the gorge are being protested by conservation groups because of the potential for explosions if an accident occurs. The Columbia River Gorge Commission has been asked to take a stand against the trains and will make a decision in July.



After not acting on requests in May and June to take a stand against oil and coal shipments in the gorge, gorge commissioners last week promised a frustrated crowd it would do so in July...

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rschalow 4 years, 5 months ago

The Reid Vapor Pressure of Bakken Crude Oil

<6.0 - What it could be, if Bakken producers would do what's necessary.

7.83 - According to AFPM Industry Report

9.00 - Gasoline

8.56 to 9.7 - Disclosed by Capline Pipeline (Marathon Petroleum)

9.33 - Canadian analysis after Lac-Megantic tragedy

12 - Tesoro Corp., a U.S. West Coast refiner, said it has regularly received oil from North Dakota with readings up to 12 (WSJ)

Huh? - What North Dakota regulators say it is.

"When you bring the vapor pressure down you must remove the NGL’s from the crude. When you do this you reduce the crude volume by about 30%, this means less sales income and more gas going to flare due to the lack of infrastructure in the area. More pollution, less revenue, less taxes. No one local wins with this solution." --Wise Old Texan

Mr. Pritchard said that in his experience as a railroad inspector, oil companies and shippers do not always examine oil for corrosiveness and explosiveness. “They didn’t test the oil,” he said.

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