As oil production increases, trains hauling crude are stirring fear in rural America

  • Article by: Matthew Brown and Josh Funk , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 19, 2013 - 7:54 PM

More trains loaded with crude oil are rumbling through America's countryside, prompting concerns about the risk of derailments, explosions and environmental damage.

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JRBDec. 19, 13 9:12 PM

Building the Keystone pipeline would eliminate much of the derailment risk. It would also create lots of jobs and provide a real stimulus to the economy.

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jcm028Dec. 19, 1310:11 PM

Let's be very very clear, the derailment of the oil train in Canada was because of ONE major issue that has nothing to do with oil. That a cheap, money pinching railroad enforced a 1 man crew, instead of the typical two man (engineer/conductor) crew. Trusting the operation of a train with just one individual is extremely dangerous (see: deadly commuter rail disaster in central NY)

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nathanhaleDec. 19, 1310:43 PM

Simple solution. Build more pipelines. They can move more oil, more efficiently, with less risk.

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mhazzardDec. 19, 1311:37 PM

Keystone pipeline? Americans love handing our valuable resources over to CHINA!...

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rogue37Dec. 19, 1311:41 PM

It is a concern. I know most trains dont derail. I have been to 2 major derailments. One was pretty easy. the other was a major headache with dangerous gases in 7 derailed cars. Glad nothing happened but it took lots of planning and a week of being on scene for a volunteer department.

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