State Department Considers Oil by Rail in Keystone XL Decision
A decision on the proposed northern half of the Keystone XL pipeline—under review since 2008—hinges on a final environmental review by the U.S. State Department now taking into consideration the importance oil-by-rail transport might have on growth of Alberta’s tar sands.
In other words, could rail realistically provide an alternative to the Keystone XL, aiding in the expansion of Canada’s highly-polluting tar sands?
With numerous pipeline proposals facing opposition all across Canada and the U.S., oil-by-rail transport alternatives has picked up some slack. But the high costs associated with rail and the dangers associated with oil-by-rail transport suggest there are real limitations to a full-scale tar sands-by-rail revolution.
As Reuters reports, even rail operators admit tanker trains can supplement but not substitute the movement of crude by pipeline…