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“Senate bill would limit volatility of crude shipped by rail.” “Senator wants tougher rules for volatile oil moved by rail.”
As it rolls down the tracks, the oil-train debate is throwing off these headlines like sparks, reflecting the efforts of senior government officials to cope with the higher volumes of oil being shipped from the Bakken and elsewhere.
One key issue involves the treatment of the oil before shipment. Currently, North Dakota requires that the oil be “conditioned”—but that’s not enough, critics declare. Instead, “stabilization” is warranted.