Tuesday Talk: Oil Trains vs. Oil Pipelines
With petroleum production in the Bakken Shale booming, transporting oil and gas is stretching Minnesota’s rail capacity, putting people and property in danger.
The rail industry argues that it can handle the increase at lower cost, more safely and faster than constructing new pipelines such as the proposed Keystone project. Left unsaid, are the very real concerns about public return on public investment in public oil transportation infrastructure. Expanding oil production is outpacing transport capacity.
This is a tough choice because eventually we want to limit our need for these fuels, but what should we do in the meantime?
Do we build more pipelines? Do we double or even triple rail facilities? Who pays for what? And how?
Join IATP’s Dale Wiehoff, from 8-9:30am for a discussion about the challenges facing state public policy makers on this issue.
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