North Dakota Industrial Commission mulling new rules to make Bakken crude safer for shipment

Government And Institutions Associated Press

North Dakota's Industrial Commission is considering new rules that could require oil companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars.

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The Department of Mineral Resources is slated to make a proposal Thursday that may require companies to remove certain liquids and gasses from oil train shipments, a process some say would make such transport safer.

Oil industry officials have said the state already has proper regulations in place.

Bakken crude has been linked to fiery oil train crashes like one outside Casselton last December that left an ominous cloud over the town and led some residents to evacuate.