DOT Orders Bakken Oil Testing Before Shipping By Rail

Law360, New York (February 25, 2014, 5:39 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday ordered the testing of crude oil from the Bakken Shale before it's transported by rail in order to ensure proper identification, another step in the agency’s probe of growing oil-by-rail activity that has grabbed recent headlines for several fiery derailments.

The DOT issued an emergency order immediately requiring all shippers to test product from the Bakken region to ensure crude oil is properly classified before it hits the rails, while also prohibiting the transportation of crude oil in the...
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