Pipelines safer than rails but water is best study

by Mike Tarasko Posted Jul 27, 2017 7:45 am MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 7:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pipelines safer than rails, but water is best: study A new report demonstrates pipelines are safer than rail when it comes to transporting oil. The safest way to transport oil is on the water.Kenneth Green with the Fraser Institute says researchers compiled government data from the past 40 years to come to that conclusion.“Pipelines, in fact, are two and a half less likely to experience a spill than is rail, Green noted, adding, “the overwhelming majority of spills are small; 70 per cent are below one or two litres of oil, and most of those happen in transport facilities, so not into the environment directly.”The report says pipelines have one spill for every 33 million barrels of oil transported. Furthermore, the study suggests the safest way to move ‘liquid gold’ is on an oil tanker, citing only 6,000 tonnes of spilled oil last year, despite 2.9 billion tonnes of it having been transported on the water. pixabay.com read more