Oil from shale plays across the nation may be combustible, say experts, who say that the high gas levels make the product more volatile. Some politicians are asking the national transportation secretary to require railroads to notify them when shipments of such oil will be moved across their states.
After investigators identified oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale field as combustible, experts now say oil from other shale plays could be, too.
The Wall Street Journal reports that oil from the Niobrara Shale in Colorado and the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin in Texas also are affected by high gas levels that make it more volatile than traditional oil and difficult to transport.
And the Associated Press reports that Senators are urging Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to expand his order that railroads notify states of shipments from just the Bakken to include crude from all parts of the U.S. and Canada.