NDIC officials declined the moment-of-silence request, saying wasn’t reason for Tuesday’s hearing
One speaker, a resident of Bismarck opposed to “Bakken oil train bombs,” asked for 47 seconds of silence for Quebec railcar victims
BISMARCK, North Dakota, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Hess Corp
and other major North Dakota oil producers told the
state’s top energy regulators on Tuesday that existing field
practices used to prepare Bakken crude for rail transport are
safe, and tighter standards could do more harm than good.
The comments, at a special hearing of the North Dakota
Industrial Commission (NDIC), came as federal, state and local
officials grapple with how to ensure the safe transport of the
state’s crude oil. The matter has come under increased scrutiny
after a string of crude-by-rail explosions, including one last
year in Quebec that killed 47 people.