Canadian Group: Pipelines Safer Than Trains, Trucks


Pipelines may be the safest method of oil transportation, according to a study.
National Journal
Alex Brown
Oct. 18, 2013, 6:55 a.m.

Key­stone XL ad­voc­ates may be adding a new ar­gu­ment to their case fol­low­ing the re­lease Thursday of a re­port on oil trans­port­a­tion.

Work­er safety, re­ports The Hill, is far bet­ter on pipelines than oth­er modes of trans­port­a­tion.

The study, con­duc­ted by Canada’s con­ser­vat­ive-lean­ing Fraser In­sti­tute, found that rates of in­jury were 30 times lower among pipeline work­ers than rail work­ers and 37 times lower than those who trans­port oil by truck.

The re­port, us­ing U.S. De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion data, also found that spill risks are lower for pipelines.