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N. Dakota mulls study of state's oil volatility

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota officials are considering crafting a report aimed at disproving that hauling the state's crude by rail is dangerously explosive. State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms told North Dakota lawmakers last week that some people are attempting to raise fears about railing North Dakota crude, after a train hauling it derailed and exploded in a small Quebec city in July.

The derailment killed 47 people and destroyed much of the town. Helms says his agency and the state Pipeline Authority are working to create a white paper that would study the characteristics of the state's oil. North Dakota Pipeline Authority Director Justin Kringstad says the idea of the report -- and who would do it and how it would be funded _ haven't been finalized.