May 1 2015
"The Department of Transportation’s new regulations acknowledge a growing problem: As the American energy sector has boomed, America’s aging railway system has become increasingly stressed.
"The statistics are staggering: Between 2010 and 2014, rail shipments of oil have increased by an incredible 1,770 percent, according to the Energy Information Administration. Railway derailments and explosions pose significant safety hazards, as illustrated by the 2013 disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, which left 47 dead.
"But while it may be appropriate to address railway risks, encouraging investment in American pipeline infrastructure could also help alleviate the problem. Government statistics show that using pipelines to transport energy results in far fewer incidents, injuries and fatalities than using semi-trucks or railroad cars.
"Unfortunately, the Obama administration has allowed environmental alarmism to stymie this important alternative, most notably as the President killed the Keystone XL pipeline.
"It's time the administration stop their stubborn refusal to allow this pipeline construction so that our country can begin building safer ways to transport fuel."