I heard from a pipeliner a while back that farmers were running a 50/50 Bakken crude/diesel mix in thier tractors. I was skeptical, of course; pipeliners rank low on the oilfield totem pole and one can’t trust them too much.
Pipeliner: an oilfield worker who lays above ground or below ground pipe from oil wells to shipping ports, rail terminals, or trucking terminals.
After discussing this with my boss this morning, I think it is possible. Crude from the Bakken formation is light, sweet stuff; more green in color than the thick black stuff that comes from Saudi Arabia. Running it in a tractor engine is theoretically possible. After all, Diesel engines were made to run on unrefined fuels. Large ships run on a very thick, sludgy diesel called “bunker fuel,” which I once had the pleasure of cleaning up out of a harbor in Washington state.
If farmers really are doing this, I wonder how they are getting thier hands on it? Oil wells aren’t secured at all, and it would be easy to fill up on crude if you knew which valve to go to. Perhaps farmers are bribing the lease hands that ovesee the wells?
I wish I could confirm this rumor.