Trains carrying more oil across the US as pipeline projects stall; experts fear major spill

  • Article by: MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 12:35 PM
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birdpeepDec. 28, 1212:47 PM

Why do you think a man that owns railroads, Warren buffet, supports Obama and opposes the pipeline to bring more crude into this country? Buffet is aking Obama a very wealthy man after he is out of office. They both are profitting immensely from strangling the distribution of Norh American oil production.

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EWernerDec. 28, 12 1:08 PM

"There is no public accountability" Railroads own or lease all of the land that their lines run on so yes the public does not get greatly involved. The railroads built America in the 1880s and many towns owe their birth to railroads.

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ToddDuluthDec. 28, 12 1:20 PM

And here we have Obama killing the 1,700 mile Keystone Excel Pipeline project in favor of i) more costly and, ii) less safe transportation of crude products to the refineries.

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wildbill987Dec. 28, 12 2:12 PM

Why not increase refinery capacity here in MN? Less chance for spillage if it travels less distance. Average pay for refinery work starts at $55,000 per year.

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melloncollieDec. 28, 12 2:14 PM

Buffet made a deal with obama. Buffet advocates for higher taxes on the wealthy and in return obama kills the pipeline so Buffet's railroads can carry more oil. The real joke is that Buffet would not pay anymore taxes anyway, since his high paid tax attorneys and accountants would find ways to shelter his income from it.

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woodyagDec. 28, 12 2:14 PM

You do realize that "conservative think tank" is an oxymoron. And rarely has that word been more precise and evocative. A teensy detail left out- yes, it's more likely oil may be spilled via rail than via pipeline accident. But. Um. Duh. When a train spills oil- it's a couple of car loads. When a pipeline spills- it's likely to be huge- into millions of gallons- and way out where no one notices; until the land has been poisoned for a thousand years. But hey; out of sight; so; that's better, right?

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Lifeguard06Dec. 28, 12 2:43 PM

What was the derailment in Plummer mn 60 cars leaking into the soil around US59.

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oldmannickelDec. 28, 12 4:03 PM

I hate to break it to you, but Uncle Warren Buffet owns as much pipeline as he does rail and pipe is a lot cheaper to operate and has lower risk than rail. Either way, you can't get upset over this. Whether it is rail or pipeline, it's good for our economy and provides good jobs. Theire is environmental risk related to both modes of transportation. So pick your poison.

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bosshogDec. 28, 12 4:07 PM

Would people quit blaming Obama for killing the Keystone Pipeline! He did no such thing! In fact most of the KeyStone pipeline project is already done! There is ANOTHER separate segment that has not been approved YET because it was planned to go across Nebraska but Nebraska doesn't like the route because it goes over one of the largest aquifers in the world. So how can you have the Republican party want more State autonomy but then say the Federal government should ignore what Nebraska wants?

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paulskiDec. 28, 12 4:22 PM

ToddDuluth, "And here we have Obama killing the 1,700 mile Keystone Excel Pipeline project in favor of i) more costly and, ii) less safe transportation of crude products to the refineries". FYI, the keystone pipeline was / is for oil from Canada, to the gulf, for export. No stops in-between. Keystone has nothing to do with the ND oil patch

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