Pipelines are safest way to transport oil, gas

06/12/2013 | National Review

The U.S. needs to build more pipelines as the country continues to boost oil and natural gas production, writes Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist at the Department of Labor and now a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Carrying hydrocarbons via pipeline is safer as it leads to fewer injuries and spills compared with road or rail transportation, Furchtgott-Roth writes. While 70% of crude oil and petroleum products per ton-mile are shipped by pipeline, most incidents involving personal injuries and environmental damage happen on road and rail, she writes.

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