Energy Superpower Ambitions of US and Canada

Carol Linnitt of DeSmog Canada and Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog discusses oil spills, pipelines and train bombs associated with transporting oil between Canada and the Untied States – March 4, 2015

Last week, President Obama took a jab at the Republicans by vetoing the acceleration of the Keystone XL pipeline bill. While that has been getting a lot of media attention, other pipelines are being approved without much oversight or deliberation. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s records show that at least 73 pipeline-related accidents took place in 2014, 87 percent of an increase over 2009. Now, the figure for 2014 might actually be much higher, as companies are lagging in their reporting, says the department.

But even without pipelines, oil transportation is causing much havoc in our environment. Bitumen oil, which is also continuing to be transported by rail in large quantities, as it turns out, this is highly explosive and has caused accidents that resulted in the explosion, for example, in West Virginia, in what local media called the train bomb incident, which dumped a bunch of oil into the Kahnawa River on February 16.

We should also note that Bakken oil from North Dakota was also being carried by train tankers that exploded in Lac-Mégantic disaster that killed 47 people.

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