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Fire erupts after trains, one of them transporting crude oil, collided west of Casselton, N.D., on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Photo Courtesy of William Hejl

Study of oil from deadly derailment points to Bakken crude’s volatility

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WILLISTON, N.D. – On July 6 last year, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota to a refinery in eastern Canada was left parked on a hillside in Quebec. It rolled backward down the hill, derailing and crashing into a small town, with railcars bursting into flames, killing 47 people.

While investigators pointed early on to the train’s brakes, the violent explosions prompted Canadian officials to question the volatility of the Bakken crude.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.

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