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U.S. Bakken oil more flammable than others, regulator says
CBC News ^ | Jan 02, 2014 | CBC News

Posted on 01/02/2014 4:28:41 PM PST by rickmichaels

A top transportation safety regulator warned on Thursday that the type of crude oil that exploded rail cars in Lac-Mégantic, Que., last year is more flammable that other forms of oil and needs more careful treatment.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, warned Thursday in a safety alert that "recent derailments and resulting fires indicate that the type of crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil."

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1 posted on 01/02/2014 4:28:41 PM PST by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

Petroleum burns, who would’a thunk it?


2 posted on 01/02/2014 4:29:51 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: rickmichaels
*head-------------->desk*

Yer kidding, right? No, this is the statists looking for ways, any ways to throttle lucrative, economy boosting energy with regulations.

The shooting needs to start.
3 posted on 01/02/2014 4:38:09 PM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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To: rickmichaels
A top transportation safety regulator

.....with a degree in Feminist Pacific Islander Art studies.
4 posted on 01/02/2014 4:40:07 PM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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To: rickmichaels

What a crock of crap!


5 posted on 01/02/2014 4:44:09 PM PST by WellyP (question!)
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To: WellyP

Most crudes seem to be full of straight run gasoline and lighter stuff.


6 posted on 01/02/2014 4:48:43 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: rickmichaels
"... traditional heavy crude oil.."

Probably thinking of Asphalt.

7 posted on 01/02/2014 4:49:32 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: rickmichaels

Maybe it’s purer. Seriously, the answer to the problem is the pipeline that our nitwit POTUS keeps vetoing.


8 posted on 01/02/2014 4:52:23 PM PST by Gumdrop
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To: Paladin2

It’s not your fault, it’s not my fault, it’s the asphault...


9 posted on 01/02/2014 4:55:51 PM PST by null and void (It is as if they all had one head. Too bad they don’t all have one neck.)
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To: 98ZJ USMC

Everybody knows 42 gravity West Texas Sweet doesn’t burn.


10 posted on 01/02/2014 4:56:38 PM PST by Dusty Road
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To: null and void
Good point.

Bammy's fault (no pipelines FOR YOU!) ---> assphault.

11 posted on 01/02/2014 4:57:11 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Petroleum burns,

Yeah, but different crudes have different ratios of hydrocarbon molecules.

Basic refining is really fractional distillation.

So, heating a load of crude, you'll get, starting with the smallest HC molecule to the largest - methane, ethane (acetylene), propane, butane, gasoline, kerosene (jet fuel), #2 fuel oil (diesel), motor oils, heavy oils, tar, and asphalt among other products I've forgotten.

Hence, the market variations for any given crude depending on what is in demand, and what refinery capacity is tuned to get what out of a particular crude oil composition.

Apparently, the volatility of Bakken crude suggests that the ratio skews towards the gases, gasolines, and kerosenes, rather than tar and asphalt.

12 posted on 01/02/2014 5:00:03 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: rickmichaels

“A top transportation safety regulator warned...”

The top transportation safety regulator has no name and no credentials and thus this inane warning cannot be properly attributed to a warm body.


13 posted on 01/02/2014 5:01:33 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Some people might call it a confidence game or swindle, others call it ObamaCare!)
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To: thackney

Confirm please...


14 posted on 01/02/2014 5:03:08 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: rickmichaels
is more flammable that other forms of oil and needs more careful treatment.

Put some Ethanol in it, that will slow it down.

15 posted on 01/02/2014 5:17:08 PM PST by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: 98ZJ USMC

love the head 2 desk. my first thought about regulating the boom, too.


16 posted on 01/02/2014 5:17:58 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: rickmichaels

A top Marxist transportation official warned that Baakan oil is bad and needs to be stopped.

Pray America is Waking


17 posted on 01/02/2014 5:22:05 PM PST by bray ("The Republic of Texas 2022" is coming in Feb)
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To: WellyP

I saw a bottle of Bakken crude, it was crystal clear, light brown/green, and about the same viscosity as #2 diesel. It smelled like #2 diesel too. It’s so good some people in the Bakken fields run the crude in their diesel engines straight out of the wells.


18 posted on 01/02/2014 5:23:48 PM PST by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: rickmichaels
More dangerous than other crude oil...kinda like black guns are more dangerous because they are black.

Liberals make my head hurt.

19 posted on 01/02/2014 5:25:33 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Calvin Locke
Apparently, the volatility of Bakken crude suggests that the ratio skews towards the gases, gasolines, and kerosenes, rather than tar and asphalt.

In most worlds, thats considered a good thing.

20 posted on 01/02/2014 5:26:41 PM PST by marron
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To: 98ZJ USMC

MASTERS IN Harmonic Motion


21 posted on 01/02/2014 5:38:12 PM PST by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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To: dynoman

I like that... head gas....


22 posted on 01/02/2014 5:39:24 PM PST by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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To: rickmichaels

Flammable means inflammable? What a country!


23 posted on 01/02/2014 5:48:50 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: dynoman
I saw a bottle of Bakken crude, it was crystal clear, light brown/green, and about the same viscosity as #2 diesel. It smelled like #2 diesel too. It’s so good some people in the Bakken fields run the crude in their diesel engines straight out of the wells.

Due to a lack of tankers to transport unrefined crude from the East Indies to refineries in Japan, the Japanese Navy towards the end of the Pacific War put the stuff straight into their ships. It worked, but the crude was extremely volatile and some ships were lost from catastrophic explosions when fuel tanks were damaged and leaked vapors.

24 posted on 01/02/2014 5:57:38 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: marron
Flammability could also be tagged to the volatility of some of the chemicals used in fracking.
25 posted on 01/02/2014 5:59:49 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Lazamataz
The key is not in the headline that leaves out the essential descriptive term of the article.

more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil

Bakken Crude is not a heavy oil. It is a light oil, with more light, easier to ignite components. Essentially all lighter oils are more flammable than heavy oils.

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Bakken crude oil gravity ranges from 36 to 44 degrees API.
http://www.ndoil.org/?id=78&offset=5&advancedmode=1&category=Bakken%20Basics

The quality of this oil is excellent, almost identical to WTI. The benchmark crude oil is West Texas Intermediate, which is 40 degrees API sweet crude. It is the benchmark because it requires the least amount of processing in a modern refinery to make the most valuable products, unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel.

26 posted on 01/02/2014 6:03:56 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: rickmichaels
Another pig headed narcissistic do-gooder regulator trying to make a name for his career.
Our Gov are full of these people deserving a punch in the nose.
27 posted on 01/02/2014 6:09:12 PM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: rickmichaels

Bookmark


28 posted on 01/02/2014 6:13:37 PM PST by Newtoidaho
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To: rickmichaels
As of now... Crude oil is all placarded the same... as... uh... Crude oil.


29 posted on 01/02/2014 6:22:49 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Paladin2
Most crudes seem to be full of straight run gasoline and lighter stuff.

If the crude has a lower flashpoint than "normal", that would lead me to believe that the oil is rich in lighter more volatile fractions. That means it will be a great feed stock for fuel plant. Sounds like good stuff, but treat it with respect.

30 posted on 01/02/2014 6:30:04 PM PST by lafroste
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To: lafroste

I figure if you hit anything with a train it is gonna explode!


31 posted on 01/02/2014 8:24:58 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: rickmichaels

Does this mean its a higher rade crude oil with better yields?


32 posted on 01/02/2014 8:29:51 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: rickmichaels

Is this a little like what they haul around the city in tanker trucks?


33 posted on 01/03/2014 12:53:48 AM PST by clearcarbon
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To: clearcarbon

“Is this a little like what they haul around the city in tanker trucks?”

No that is far more volatile.


34 posted on 01/03/2014 3:45:05 AM PST by Dusty Road
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