Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Are Pipelines Safer than Other Transport Methods?

A common assertion by NGL proponents is that pipelines are the safest way to transport them.  A study of oil spills in pipelines and trains, however, suggests otherwise.

Pipelines in North America spilled three times as much crude oil as trains for comparative distances over an eight-year period, the International Energy Agency said today in a study it based on U.S. Department of Transportation data.

Essentially, the Paris-based energy adviser concluded that while the risk of a train spill was six times greater than a pipeline incident over the period between 2004 and 2012, pipeline leaks spilled three times the oil.

Oil and gas companies would have the public choose, as if we must shoulder the risks of an either or scenario.  In our opinion, the public should not have to choose between this:
and this.