Keystone Alternative Will Kill 6 People a Year: Report
Oil trains would cause fatalities, says State Department analysis
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2014 2:22 PM CST
In this May 24, 2012 file photo, some of about 500 miles worth of coated steel pipe, originally for the Keystone oil pipeline, is stored in Little Rock, Ark.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

(Newser) – An alternative to the Keystone XL pipeline could pose a danger of its own, according to a State Department analysis. If, instead of the pipeline, trains were used to transport 830,000 barrels of oil per day, the vehicles could cause six new railroad fatalities and 49 additional injuries per year, Reuters reports. Rail would also result in the spillage of some 1,200 barrels of oil per year, the official report says, compared to 500 barrels for the pipeline. The assessment comes from a federal report that found little environmental reason not to move forward with the Keystone project. The State Department will give President Obama its final recommendation later this year.

But the Association of American Railroads says the report isn't fair. It "factored in casualties that are predominantly those of trespassers on railroad rights of way, unrelated to the hazardous commodities being transported," the group's president says. Meanwhile, John Boehner was quite clear on his pipeline stance today, NBC News notes. "Complex? You think the Keystone Pipeline is complex?" he asked a questioner. "It's been under study for five years. We build pipelines everywhere in America every day. Do you realize there are 200,000 miles of pipelines in the United States? … There's nothing complex about the Keystone Pipeline. It's time to build it."

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Tengu ?? Slayer of Vanity
Feb 7, 2014 11:46 AM CST
tar sands 'oil' and frack 'gas' are a last ditch attempt to prop up plunder-and-burn economics.
Lou Bernardo
Feb 5, 2014 9:35 PM CST
We heard the tree huggers complain about the Alaska Pipeline years ago and it's the same gang of "empty barrels" making noise about the Keystone Pipeline. Most likely decades ago when the "Big Inch" pipeline was laid to the north east the same know nothings would have been protesting that. Fortunately, back then we didn't have a media promoting screwball groups for the sake of filling their empty news reports.
Katrina Oakes
Feb 5, 2014 12:19 PM CST
I say they end fossil fuels. Seriously we have the technology to go green. I know people say it "can't happen overnight", but I bet if we completely ended fossil fuels and went to greener technologies like MAKING oil from plants and algae, rather than digging it up, perhaps we could eliminate the need to be on fossil fuels for much longer than 5-7 years if we put our minds to it. I say convert cars to running on Hydrogen too. We could make it happen if people really wanted to. Get rid of fossil fuels as a source of mechanical lubricant!