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Listen: Fixing US crude by rail is a challenge worthy of King Arthur (and Monty Python)

The US oil industry and Obama administration are preparing for a duel over strict new safety rules governing shipments of crude by rail. Platts senior editors Herman Wang and Brian Scheid present a saga of the industry's tough encounters with regulators, lawmakers and the Knights Who Say Ni.

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