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Oklahoma’s Crude Boom is Bringing Out ‘Oil-Field Outlaws’

Filed by KOSU News in State Impact.
October 30, 2012

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Theft of crude and oil-field equipment is on the rise in western and central Oklahoma, the Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports.

Such theft is difficult to detect because well sites are concentrated in sparsely populated parts of rural Oklahoma. A multi-county response is being organized with state investigators, county sheriffs and corporate security officials, the Journal reports.

Stolen crude is loaded into tankers and transported to reclaimers, which buy the oil and sell it to refiners. There are no laws that require reclaimers track the origin of crude, the paper reports:

Tracking crude oil transports could provide a critical source of information in theft cases.

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