- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Oil industry representatives are telling North Dakota regulators that the state has proper regulations in place to treat Bakken crude for shipment by rail.

North Dakota’s Industrial Commission is considering new rules that would remove extra hydrocarbons from Bakken crude - a process some say might make the oil more safe for rail transport.

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.

North Dakota Petroleum Council Vice President Kari Cutting says Bakken crude involved in fiery train crashes was not the cause of the crashes.

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