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Get Used to It: DOT Predicts Oil Train Derailments Will Be Commonplace Over Next Two Decades


Get Used to It: DOT Predicts Oil Train Derailments Will Be Commonplace Over Next Two Decades

Sarah Lazare, staff writer

According to federal authorities' own predictions, potentially deadly oil train accidents are likely to be commonplace in the United States over the next two decades, with derailments expected to occur an average of 10 times a year, costing billions of dollars in damage, and putting a large number of lives at risk.

The grim projection was revealed exclusively by the Associated Press, which cites a previously unreported analysis by the Department of Transportation from last July.


Keystone Pipeline XL killer argument against.
== Pipe to Dakota Bakkan fields ==
Reduces demand for off-shore drilling in the Gulf.
Reduces hazards of rail transport and marine terminal operation.
Safety upgrades to existing petroleum facilities.
Fuels find more domestic uses.
Puts Keystone XL investment on hold.

Warren Buffett is a bad manager for BNSF.


Solar and wind energy are there for the taking; how odd that we as a nation prefer these train and pipeline accidents to developing renewable energy.


What do you mean, “we as a nation” are opposed to renewable forms of energy. If you haven’t noticed, Big Energy buys politicians and has fought tooth and nail every single movement to invest in clean energy and divest from fossil fuels. You might want to at least acknowledge that if interested in stating the truth of the matter.


Environmental disasters like this must be criminalized. Only when board members face felony charges will their concern for safety standards improve.


Keystone Pipeline argument against? Against what? Any pipeline is loaded with risk - leaks into
farm land and aquifers, which will literally poison the well for hundreds of years - is the most glaring possibility. Bakken Shale crude
may be a better product, but it’s still crude oil. Another few years of crude production, little or none of which will ever find its’ way into an
American gas tank, will enrich a few at the top, and endanger everyone else. The US needs Keystone, and further crude development, as much as the US needs another flaming train wreck.


Oil and transport-related business interests will push the Keystone Pipeline project through despite earnest environmentally conscientious opposition, but find it harder to oppose safety upgrades to existing facilities and other advantages a pipeline from Dakota to Oklahoma offers.

BTW, which basic EV technology (all-battery or plug-in hybrid or fuel cell EV) reduces fuel/energy consumption most overall? Answer: Plug-in hybrid. The PHEV offers the capability to most closely monitor and thereby reduce fuel/energy consumption overall. It’s time to reconsider the probably obsolete adage, Question internal combustion.


The photovoltiac solar array that best fits ‘decentralized’ power generation are ‘matched’ to a plug-in hybrid PHEV drivetrain whose relatively small battery pack (5kwh) requires a consequently small rooftop solar array. A regional utility grid can adapt 100 Tesla coupes (battery capacity 85kwh), or, 1700 plug-in hybrids. 100 Nissan Leafs or 600 plug-in hybrids. The plug-in hybrid mileage is rated an effective 110mpg and can double or triple that rating by driving short distances which the small battery restricts to 10-20 miles on electricity alone. Thus, the PHEV creates more economic incentives to drive less and walk, bike and take transit more whereby local economies grow and the global economy diminishes.