Crude Oil Properties and the Hazards of Transport: Background, Data and Literature Summary


Dianne Gibbs (Editor)

Series: Energy Policies, Politics and Prices
BISAC: SCI024000

Several fiery rail accidents in 2013-2015 in the U.S. and Canada carrying crude oil produced from the Bakken region of North Dakota have raised questions at many levels on the safety of transporting this, and other types of crude oil, by rail. Sandia National Laboratories was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate the material properties of crude oils, and in particular the so-called “tight oils” like Bakken that comprise the majority of crude oil rail shipments in the U.S. at the current time.

The book provides a literature survey of public sources of information on crude oil properties that have some bearing on the likelihood or severity of combustion events that may occur around spills associated with rail transport. The book also contains background information including a review of the notional “tight oil” field operating environment, as well a basic description of crude oils and potential combustion events in rail transport.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 –

Literature Survey of Crude Oil Properties Relevant to Handling and Fire Safety in Transport (pp. 1-96)

David Lord, Anay Luketa, Chad Wocken, Steve Schlasner, Ted Aulich, Ray Allen and David Rudeen

Chapter 2 –

U.S. Rail Transportation of Crude Oil: Background and Issues for Congress (pp. 97-132)

John Frittelli, Anthony Andrews, Paul W. Parfomak, Robert Pirog, Jonathan L. Ramseur and Michael Ratner


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