- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx did not give a definitive answer to North Dakota officials on the issue of Bakken crude volatility.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1oPQ3lP ) that Foxx told Gov. Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota’s congressional delegation that more study was needed.

Foxx and U. S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited Bismarck on Friday for a national energy policy conference.

North Dakota’s oil officials presented state regulators an industry-funded report Wednesday that says Bakken oil is no more dangerous to transport by rail than other crudes and fuels. The North Dakota Petroleum Council’s report is contrary to a federal assessment that says Bakken oil may be more flammable than other crudes.

The reports come after a string of fiery accidents involving Bakken crude.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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