September 2, 2015

Conservation is Conservative

Pipelines, trains, or trucks: Let’s have a discussion

Oil train incident in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

Oil train incident in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

There’s been a lot of news lately about accidents involving pipelines, trains and trucks hauling oil. The latest news is several train cars derailing over Philadelphia’s Schuylkyll River. Read a report here.

Here’s a Grist column from the past weekend about exploding rail cars.

For purposes of this discussion, let’s make the following assumption:

Canada will continue to develop the tar sands in Alberta (many environmentalists believed that delaying the Keystone XL pipeline would force a halt to operations–it did not.) and seek to ship the product to market by any means available.

Considering environmental, human safety, GHG emissions, and economic efficiency, what is the best option to transport tar sands oil?

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