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Hazardous Material Transportation: Bakken Crude Oil

Hazardous Material Transportation: Bakken Crude Oil

The extraction, transportation, and refining of what has come to be known as Bakken Crude has presented unique challenges to the regulated industry and concerned persons nationwide.  The purpose of this site is to be a source of information related to Bakken Crude Oil and specifically to the hazards it presents in transportation.

Bakken Crude Oil by Rail

Railroad Tank Cars of Bakken Crude Oil passing through Illinois

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What is Bakken Crude Oil?

Wikipedia:  Bakken formation

Bakken shale

The area of Bakken Shale in the Northern US and Southern Canada

 

PHMSA Website Maintains a Chronology of the Events Related to the Transportation by Rail of Bakken Crude Oil
What makes Bakken Crude Oil so Dangerous?

According to the USDOT, ther are three factors contributing to the unique risks posed by the transportation of Bakken Crude Oil:

  • It’s higher flammability & volatility, which was confirmed by data collected during Operation Classification.
  • An increasing volume of Bakken Crude Oil in transportation.  9,500 rail car loads in 2008 v. 415,000 rail car loads in 2013.
  • The average distance traveled by Bakken Crude Oil is 1,000 miles.
Transportation of Bakken Crude Oil:

WSJ:  Bakken Shale Oil Carries High Combustion Risk

Regulations of the PHMSA and/or FRA Related to Bakken Crude Oil:

Safety Alert from the PHMSA:  Operation Classification for Crude Oil From the Bakken Region

US DOT announces Comprehensive Proposed Rulemaking for the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil, Flammable Materials:  Releases new data on B akken crude oil to support increased safety measures

Federal Railroad Administration Announces New Emergency Actions to Keep Crude Oil Shipments Safe

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What is the PHMSA?

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  An administration within the USDOT with the responsibility for management of the domestic transportation of all materials by pipeline and the domestic transportation of hazardous materials by highway, rail, aircraft, or vessel.

Website for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

What is the FRA?

The Federal Railroad Administration.  An administration within the USDOT that manages all domestic transportation of persons and material by rail.

Website for the Federal Railroad Administration

Incidents, Spills, Fires, &etc. of Bakken Crude Oil:
Rail transportation of Bakken Crude Oil

Large volumes of Bakken Crude Oil are transported by rail.

Lac-Mégantic, Quebec Train Derailment of July 6, 2013

Training Related to Bakken Crude Oil:

BNSF Railway provides local emergency responders with specialized training for crude oil

Sources of Additional Information:

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Related Press Releases:

Bakken Drilling Rigs Already Getting Hit With Early Terminations?

DOT Announces Final Rule May 1, 2015 to Increase Safety of Crude Oil Transportation

PHMSA “Call to Action”:  STEP up!