3 Oil Cos. Face Fines For Mislabeling Crude Rail Shipments

Law360, New York (February 5, 2014, 1:54 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday proposed fining three oil companies a combined $93,000 for allegedly misidentifying Bakken Shale crude oil slated for rail transport, part of the agency’s probe of growing oil-by-rail activity that has grabbed recent headlines for several fiery derailments.

The DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued notices of probable violations against Hess Corp., Marathon Oil Corp. and Whiting Gas and Oil Corp., saying its investigation revealed that crude oil taken from cargo tanks bound for rail loading facilities was...
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