Can the Railroads Save America’s Oil?

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Meghan Mccarthy
March 18, 2014, 5:26 a.m.

Since the rise of do­mest­ic oil pro­duc­tion, rail­roads have in­creas­ingly be­come a favored mode of trans­port­ing Amer­ica’s crude oil. 

But do the dangers, which in­clude the risk of ex­plos­ive de­rail­ments, out­weigh the re­wards?  

Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s Clare For­an ex­plains how the frack­ing boom led to an in­crease in crude-oil trans­port via rail and why this mat­ters to Amer­ica’s en­ergy fu­ture.

Foot­age from the Prelinger Archives, CNN, NTSB, KGET-17 News. Spe­cial thanks to Bar­stons Child’s Play.

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