• Peterr commented on the blog post Words, Deeds, Droughts, and Decisions on Climate Change

    2013-01-26 20:06:40View | Delete

    Yeah, I saw that link earlier.

    Railroads face their own constraints, in addition to higher costs. A shortage of rail cars capable of carrying crude is slowing growth in the sector, with delivery times of new cars two years out, Seasons said.

    Spills are a bigger risk with trains than pipes, according to the Manhattan Institute, a New York-based policy research organization. A U.S. railway is about 34 times more likely to spill hazardous materials, including oil, than a pipeline transporting the same volume an identical distance, according to the Institute’s June analysis of data from the U.S. Transportation Department and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

    Railroads have an accident rate just two to three times higher than pipelines, Patti Reilly, a spokeswoman for the American Association of Railroads trade group, said in an interview. Railroad spills tend to involve smaller amounts in each incident, since trains carry far smaller amounts of oil than pipelines, she said.

    And the cost of those accidents has to be factored into the bottom line.

    The whole essence of that piece is that rails are a significant part of the oil distribution network. It does not at all claim that the rail system could replace this pipeline if it is not built.