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Published February 20, 2013, 09:38 AM

Delta Begins Refining Its Own Fuel From Bakken Oil

The next time you travel with Delta Airlines, you might be flying high on Bakken oil.

The next time you travel with Delta Airlines, you might be flying high on Bakken oil.

Delta just received its first shipment of Bakken crude at its refinery in Pennsylvania. Delta purchased the refinery last year to get control of its fuel costs. Now that North Dakota oil is being transported, not just in pipelines but by rail, Bakken crude is helping release the tether that binds east coast refineries to overseas crude. Delta Airlines says Bakken crude is enabling the company to improve profits and retain jobs at its refinery, because Bakken crude is less expensive even with rail shipping costs than foreign crude.

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