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October 1, 2014

Chart of the Day

rail accidents Chart of the Day

Brad Plumer points out that as hydraulic fracturing and advanced drilling technology brings greater domestic oil and gas production, infrastructure is having trouble keeping pace.

“U.S. transport of crude oil by rail, truck, and barge has soared by 57 percent between 2011 and 2012, surpassing 1 million barrels per day… As more and more crude oil gets transported by rail, that means a greater risk of rail accidents and spills.”

EnergyWire points out that “Overall, the number of hazardous material accidents along the nation’s railroads has remained steady, with a slight decrease, since 2000.”

  • El Puma

    Mightn’t a more honest chart depict the number of accidents proportional to the amount of rail traffic, as the statement from EnergyWire alludes to?

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