Tulsa Protesters Call For Crude Oil Shipping Changes

Protestors call for ending the transept by rail of the explosive Bakken Shale oil through downtown.

Protestors call for ending the risky and dangerous transport by rail of the explosive Bakken Shale oil through downtown.

Posted: Jul 12, 2014 7:42 PM CDT

Updated: Jul 12, 2014 7:46 PM CDT
Dee Duren, NewsOn6.com – email

Some protesters call for railroad crude oil shipping changes Saturday.
Some protesters call for railroad crude oil shipping changes Saturday.

The potentially explosive oil is banned from St. Louis tracks, according to protesters.
The potentially explosive oil is banned from St. Louis tracks, according to protesters.
TULSA, Oklahoma – Some area residents concerned a potentially explosive type of crude oil moving through Green Country protested Saturday evening in front of ONEOK Field.
As 6 Investigates reported earlier this month, it’s crude oil from the booming oil patch in North Dakota and Wyoming called the Bakken shale.

The group says they picked the corner of Archer and Elgin to educate people attending the Driller’s game and because of the train tracks that pass through the area.

7/10/2014 Related Story: State Keeps Crude Oil Shipment Information From Public

“This is a public safety issue as well as an environmental issue,” a spokesperson from Clean Energy Future OK said in a news release.

Oil from the Bakken is said to be much more volatile than traditional crude yet it’s shipped in the same tankers the government calls outdated. Industry reports show the highly combustible oil shipped through Tulsa is the same kind that killed 47 people in a derailment and explosion in Quebec, Canada.

The group held up signs noting that St. Louis bans “bomb trains” from passing through town and asking for “No Exploding Oil Trains In Tulsa.”

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