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U.S. Rail Transportation of Crude Oil: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Energy,Public Works,Transportation

Discusses the recent U.S. and Canadian boom in crude oil production and the problem of transporting the oil safely to refineries.  While some see railroads as an alternative to costly pipeline production, concerns about safety have been raised.  This report looks at rail transport safety concerns and rail versus pipeline development.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists