- Published: Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:37
- Written by Press Room
After weeks of controversy, the North Dakota Industrial commission, Dec. 9, implemented new crude oil conditioning that will impact about 45 percent of the existing well tank batteries, enforced by a new army of field inspectors and higher costs for operators.
The new regulatory regime is in response to public pressure regarding two unit trains involved in accidents, last year, resulting in explosions of Bakken crude oil they were carrying. Neither accident was caused by the crude oil.
North Dakota now becomes the first state to implement such standards and require conditioning of crude oil up to a vapor pressure of 13.7 psi (pounds per square inch).