Canadian train derailment shines light on safety of oil pipelines

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
 | 
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

An economist and labor expert says last weekend's rail accident in Canada is all the more reason for the U.S. to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

Seventy-three cars carrying crude oil derailed in Quebec, killing at least 13 people and spilling oil into the surrounding area. ( See latest from AP)

Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute released a study last year titled "Pipelines Are Safest For Transportation Of Oil And Gas."

Furchtgott-Roth

"What we find," she says, "is that if you look at injury and incident rates, hospitalization and total rates of accidents from road, rail and pipeline, we find that pipelines are safer than road or rail."

The Quebec incident has brought into question comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper last May in New York City. He said that oil from Canada would come into the U.S. one way or another, but the rail alternative to the Keystone XL pipeline would be "far more environmentally challenging."

Furchtgott-Roth also points out that 70 percent of crude oil and petroleum products are shipped by pipeline on a ton-mile basis. Rail accounts for around three percent.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Why does it appear many Democrats are downplaying the Benghazi findings? (Choose all that apply)

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  House GOP report blames slow response for Benghazi deaths
Obama judge strikes down Mississippi religious freedom law
  Supreme Court rejects pharmacists' religious rights appeal
Texas may not restore lost abortion clinics despite ruling
Teenager charged with murder after house party shooting
Israel bans access for non-Muslims to Jerusalem holy site
  Ikea recalls 29 million dressers after 6 kids killed

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Let's treat Muslims like Obama treats whites
Target's bathroom policy claims more victims; Boston man arrested for filming girls in Target changing room
The fraud goes on
Tutors: Girls may be made too upset by microaggressions to succeed on the SAT
Dobson: Hillary to 'haunt' U.S. for years unless Christians stop her

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
For most, fast-food jobs temporary stop on career path

Fast-food workers are continuing their push for better pay, though an analyst says the industry has few adults making burger flipping a career.