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Re: “Crude Oil on the Hudson

Oil by Rail Week of Action - Remember Lac-Megantic

BAKKEN CRUDE IS EXPLOSIVE, BUT IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE

FACT: Bakken crude oil from North Dakota does not have to be explosive. Oil producers have been removing (stripping/stabilizing) the natural gas liquids (NGL's), and explosive gases, from crude oil for nearly a century, to make the crude safer for transport. It will still burn, but it will NOT EXPLODE!

WHY DON'T BAKKEN PRODUCERS REMOVE THE NGL's? They don't want to lose the income. NGL's can be as much as 30% of a barrel. Since the producers weren't smart enough, or too cheap, to buy the equipment and build infrastructure needed to sell off the NGL's separately...ethane, butane, propane, methane, heptane, isobutane, pentane. h2s, and so on, many/most have just poured all/most of the NGL's into the tanker car for the revenue.

NORTH DAKOTA OFFICIALS & REGULATORS HAVE LOOKED THE OTHER WAY: Republicans hold all statewide offices, and have a Supermajority in the House and Senate. They have a cozy relationship with the Bakken producers. You can speculate as to why. BOTTOM LINE: They've chosen the producers over the safety of the public.

OIL COMPANIES WON'T FIX THIS ISSUE ON THEIR OWN: You know why. It rhymes with MONEY.

Posted by Ron Schalow on 07/06/2014 at 4:01 PM

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