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Call to Action

In response to recent accidents involving crude oil shipments by rail in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has issued a "Call to Action," calling on rail company executives, associations, shippers, and others to discuss how stakeholders can prevent or mitigate the consequences of rail accidents that involve flammable liquids.

The following companies have voluntarily submitted testing data to the US Department of Transportation in response. The information shared consists of data gathered from samples of petroleum crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota. We will continue to post updates as more companies respond to the Department’s industry-wide effort aimed at enhancing the safe transport of flammable liquids by rail.

Crude Oil Testing Data Submitted by Company
Company NameDate ReceivedNumber of SamplesNotes
 
WPX Energy5/29/201416Tested for RVP, FP, BP, API, chemical breakdown of light ends, benzene content.
EOG Resources5/27/201435Tested for RVP, FP, BP, H2S.
North Dakota
Petroleum Council
5/17/2014152Tested for RVP, FP, BP, API Specific Gravity, chemical breakdown of light ends, H2S.
American Fuel &
Petrochemical
Manufacturers
5/14/20141,400Tested for RVP, FP, BP, rail tank car pressure, chemical breakdown of light ends, H2S, corrosivity.
Statoil & Gas5/13/201443Tested for RVP, FP, BP, API Specific Gravity, sulfur content, H2S.
Phillips 665/09/201416Tested for FP, BP, API Specific Gravity, sulfur content, sediment & water content, TVP, RVP, H2S, chemical breakdown of light ends.
Great Northern Midstream5/08/201410Tested for FP, BP, H2S, chemical breakdown of light ends, Benzene.
ExxonMobil4/17/201415Tested for density, H2S, FP, BP, RVP and chemical breakdown of light ends, benzene content.
Continental Resources3/18/2014Tested for API Specific Gravity, sulfur content, RVP, ethane, propane and butane.
Plains All American3/11/201424Tested for FP, BP, API Specific Gravity, sulfur content, RVP.
Savage2/28/201412Tested for FP, BP, RVP, and sulfur content.

H2S = Hydrogen Sulfide; BP = Boiling Point; FP = Flash Point; RVP = Reid Vapor Pressure; API = American Petroleum Institute; TVP = True Vapor Pressure

Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017