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Oil Patch Regulators Order Bakken Crude “Stabilized,” A Step to Enhance Oil Train Safety

Posted in Oil
On December 9 the North Dakota Industrial Commission issued an Order requiring production facilities to separate volatile gases, the so-called “light ends,” like propane and butane, from crude oil before it is shipped to ports and refineries. Twenty percent of all crude oil produced in North Dakota is shipped by rail to refineries in Philadelphia.… Continue Reading


Posted in Oil, Pennsylvania, Waste Cleanup
Happy Days Are Here Again? Gasoline prices have been falling steadily for months. Now a gallon may be purchased for substantially less than three dollars in many regions of the country. That’s welcome news for consumers, but environmentalists, regulators and first responders have been asking whether there are risks associated with this happy development that… Continue Reading