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VA Railroad Safety and Security Task Force to meet on Wednesday

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The investigation continues on what caused the fiery disaster in Lynchburg. Government leaders are now taking a closer look at the oil that was inside of the rail car that ruptured during the derailment.

Sen. Mark Warner is calling for more research on bakken crude.

"It appears to me that the toxicity or flammability of this bakken crude seems to be higher than other oil that's been transported," Warner said.

But bakken crude wasn't the only thing found in the James River after that explosion.

Scientists and the EPA found traces of acetone which isn't found in oil but in the fracking fluid that extracts it.

Bakken oil wells like this one go miles deep under ground. Fracking fluid which contains acetone is then forced through the pipes fracturing the shale, allowing that bakken crude oil to flow back into those holes and up the well.

WSLS has also learned that fracking fluid isn’t typically found in the crude oil expert Mike Ward, Executive Director for the Virginia Petroleum Council explains.

"I would be concerned about the emphasis or indication that there is a lot of fracking fluid, because it's more likely to be trace amounts."

Ward is referring to a report from May. The council claims that bakken isn't any more volatile than conventional crude oil.

It’s all data that the Governors task force will be gathering over the next year in order to better understand how to safely handle bakken crude in the future. Their first meeting will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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