PHMSA, FRA Take Eagle Ford Samples in Study of Crude Flammability

The Pipeline and Hazard Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) took samples of Eagle Ford crude to determine its flammability as part of PHMSA and the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Operation Classification.

PHMSA and FRA launched Operation Classification earlier this year to study how shippers and carriers are classifying crude oil and what actions they are taking to understand the characteristics of this material.

The agencies took samples of Eagle Ford crude in Tomball, Hope and LaGrange, Texas, and a sample of crude oil from Calgary, Canada was taken in Port Arthur, Texas.

“We are still focusing on the Bakken region without a decision on other areas like the Permian,” said Gordon “Joe” Delcambre Jr., spokesperson for PHMSA, in a statement to Rigzone.

The final report on these samples is pending and due out soon.

Operation Classification has primarily targeted shipments from the Bakken region. As part of this operation, PHMSA and FRA have been making unannounced crude oil inspections, data collection and sampling, as well as verifying compliance with federal safety regulations. Operation Classification is nearing the completion, Delcambre said.

Karen Boman has more than 10 years of experience covering the upstream oil and gas sector. Email Karen at


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