April 19, 2014
Despite Rise in Spills, Hazardous Cargo Rides Rails in Secret (JAD MOUAWAD, APRIL 15, 2014, NY Times)
Little oil was transported by trains just five years ago. Today, about 784,000 barrels a day of oil, or 11 percent of domestic production, goes on trains, according to the Association of American Railroads, and those figures are expected to keep growing in the next decade. Carrying mostly oil from the Bakken, these trains cross the country to reach coastal refineries.Oil trains regularly run through Minneapolis and St. Paul, for instance, instead of using bypass tracks to the west, according to Frank Hornstein, a Democrat in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Delaying Keystone just helps the railroads.Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2014 6:45 PM