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How oil by rail is changing our railroads

As part of Sightline's study on crude oil trains titled "The Northwest's Pipeline On Rails," check out the latest post which demonstrates the increasing rate.

From Eric de Place:

Oil-by-rail schemes are popping up across the Northwest and beyond, raising serious questions about public safety given that they have a nasty tendency to explode catastrophically. Even more worrisome, oil train numbers are increasing at a rate so astonishing that we cannot rely on historical trends or safety statistics. To illustrate the new era of freight rail, I put together four charts drawn from data published by the American Association of Railroads.

Oil is far and away the fastest growing type of freight hauled by rail in the US (although its increase does not come close to offsetting the recent precipitous decline in coal transport).


Read the rest HERE.



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