North Dakota train fire adds fuel to Keystone XL debate

The train derailment and fire in North Dakota that forced the evacuation of a nearby town is sure to trigger more debate about the safety of transporting oil as the U.S. reviews the proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline (TRP).

The accident in North Dakota is the fourth major North American derailment in six months by trains transporting crude, as record volumes of oil are moving by rail as U.S. output reaches its highest since 1988 and pipeline capacity has failed to keep up.

Rail use probably would increase if Keystone is blocked, says Brigham McCown, a former director of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, while noting that pipelines have the advantage of being located mostly in more sparsely populated areas.

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  • Larry Smith
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    Only in America does it take 5-years to decide if a pipeline should be built. Numerous environmental studies all saying the same thing don't seem to matter. If Obama is against it, fine, than say so and we move on. If you are going to approve it, get on with it. Pete's sake, make a decision.
    31 Dec 2013, 05:39 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    By refusing to allow the common-sense decision of pipelines,Obama and his extremist, environmentalist whack-jobs have rationalized that train accidents are fine.


    Those injured by these accidents should sue the "Greenie" organizations and hold them liable for damages because such accidents wouldn't occur if the oil was being sent through pipelines..
    31 Dec 2013, 05:40 PM Reply Like
  • Philip Marlowe
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    Pipelines have the disadvantage of leaking all the time. We only hear about the big accidents. But smaller pipeline leaks happen all the time and you never hear about them. Regardless, keystone the opponents of keystone do not oppose it because they prefer it to be shipped by rail, they oppose it because they prefer it to never be taken out of the ground. Extracting bitumen from oil sands is a very dirty process, transporting it is a very dirty process, refining it is a very dirty process, and considering we have many much cleaner sources of oil there is no reason to open this pandora's box.
    31 Dec 2013, 05:43 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    Such arguments are akin to chasing the wind. It's like ignoring reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.


    The oil will continue to be extracted.


    Now let's get it moved in the most responsible way (pipelines).
    31 Dec 2013, 06:10 PM Reply Like
  • lorneb
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    Phillip; You have obviously never been around pipelines much or you would know better!
    31 Dec 2013, 06:41 PM Reply Like
  • Uncle Pie
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    do your homework. According to published sources, the entire carbon footprint of all the oil sands projects in Canada is equal to about 3.5% of the carbon footprint of North America's coal fired power plants. For America to complain about Canada's bitumen mining business while burning coal in vast quantities is literally like the pot calling the kettle black.
    1 Jan 2014, 08:55 AM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    Anyone that makes the statement "Pipelines have the disadvantage of leaking all the time." does not know what he is talking about. The only reason to block Keystone is to keep the price of gas going above $4.00 a gallon.
    1 Jan 2014, 01:03 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    Pipelines rarely crash or derail as well.




    Tell the people in Lac Megantic how many Oil pipelines killed people this year


    You "don't hear about them," because they are not serious, and don't kill people, that's why.


    Mr. President, "I can make this much more money shipping oil on my railroad, if you railroad the sheeple by blocking Keystone"

    31 Dec 2013, 05:59 PM Reply Like
  • Trader's Profit Compass
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    Buffett........a wolf dressed in grampa's clothes
    31 Dec 2013, 08:40 PM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    I wonder how many people who oppose the pipeline drive SUVs?
    31 Dec 2013, 08:50 PM Reply Like
  • contaylor
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    ECO Wackos what about all the water lines,sewer lines,natural gas lines,cable, electrictal leading to your homes??? How about we close them because of your short sightness?? Idiots!!! Your Emperor President is just as bad!!!
    31 Dec 2013, 09:08 PM Reply Like
  • Love_ Money
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    It is a dumb argument by the government that Pipe line is not safe. There are more possibilities for a train accident to happen than piping getting burst.
    1 Jan 2014, 12:49 PM Reply Like
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