Reporting and technical writing. Tuesday - Sep 19, 2017

An Oil Transport Safety Story


Study: more oil spills happen via rail than via pipelines, yet DOT stays mum.

Following a big pipeline spill I did some reporting on oil transport safety. This was partly spurred by a study on how more oil spills happen via rail than via pipelines. I found that the U.S. departments of Transportation And State are officially undecided and remain reluctant to endorse one mode of transportation over the other, despite the findings and despite dangerous situations such as this, when a 94-car Canadian Pacific train partially derailed, spilling thousands of gallons of crude oil from 714 barrels near Parkers Prairie in western Minnesota.

What’s The Safest Way To Transport Oil? US Transportation And State Departments Won’t Say