Is Keystone XL's Approval Coming After Train Explosions?

Is Bakken crude oil more explosive than other types of crude? This question is being explored by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration after BNSF's recent train derailment and explosion outside of Fargo, N.D. Light sweet crude from the Bakken Shale was involved in three terrific explosions in 2013, leading authorities to test the flammability of the oil. 

While more scrutiny and negative public opinion are cast upon crude-by-rail transportation, TransCanada and other crude producers are hoping more pipeline capacity is approved to move the crude. The most contentious project is currently the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is still being reviewed by President Obama. While crude-by-oil accidents are rare, the magnitude of the rare explosions might open the door for more pipeline operators in both the United States and Canada.

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This segment is from Tuesday's edition of "Digging for Value," in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy and materials sectors @TMFEnergy.


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