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Kind pushes for oil stabilization process


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAU) -- A Wisconsin Congressman is continuing to push transportation officials to use a process to reduce the volatility of Bakken crude oil transported by rail cars.

3rd District Democrat Ron Kind said last week he wants to see one state’s rule for treating the oil before shipping expanded elsewhere.  “There’s also a stabilizing agent that can help stabilize the highly-flammable, highly-toxic Bakken oil that’s coming through. It doesn’t cost that much. Texas already requires it down there. We should be doing the same thing.”

Monday, Kind sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, asking the agency to step in and require the process that removes certain elements and makes the oil safer to transport. Kind says the process of stabilization is already required for oil shipped by pipeline, but it’s not required for oil shipped by train.

The Congressman has been pushing for increased railroad safety measures, including phasing out older tank cars that are more prone to punctures and explosions in an accident, but with the Bakken oil field production raising rail traffic 4,000 percent in five years, it may be impossible to phase out any rail cars at this time.

(Congressman Kind's letter to the Secretary is attached above.)