The human cost of delaying the Keystone pipeline

  • Oct 21, 2013
  • Source: Breitbart
  • by: Chriss W. Street
An eyewitness noted when thirteen railroad tanker cars carrying propane and crude oil across Alberta, Canada exploded after derailing early on October 20, “the fireball was so big, it shot across both lanes of the Yellowhead (Highway)... there's fire on both sides.” 

Only two Canadian National Railway workers were injured and no deaths have been reported in this latest “pipeline on rails” calamity, but the horrific accident comes just three months after a similar oil train disaster in a populated area that took 47 lives in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. It is too early to determine the cause of the latest accident, although Canadian investigators believe the Quebec carnage is due to the train operator’s criminal negligence. But the real criminal negligence is that oil from fracking operations in booming North Dakota must be shipped by trains over a thousand miles to refiners in Nova Scotia because U.S. regulators and their crony allies have fought building pipelines to protect and subsidize the profits of railroads, such as the Burlington Northern Railway Company that controls half the business.

Given the huge risks of catastrophic loss of life and property, the Obama Administration will soon be pressured to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
 Source: Breitbart
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