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Mar 20, 2015

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Mike Worcester

As someone who lives a mere two blocks from the BNSF line that parallels US 12, we see lots of tanker cars. Is there an easy way to differentiate between those carrying oil and those transporting ethanol? (Should it matter?)

Jill Trescott

Mike, look for the red, diamond-shaped safety placard on the car. If the number is "1267," it's carrying crude oil. "1170" is ethanol, "3475" is ethanol/gas mixture, and "1230" is methanol. You can look up other DOT identifiers on-line.

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