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When some rail cars carrying oil went astray this week, witnesses saw huge fire balls — mushroom clouds eerily similar to those of atomic blasts. That mammoth explosion is now being felt beyond the West Virginia borders where it occurred and among those who are asking about the safest way to move oil.
The key question here is whether it is safer and more efficient to transport such hazardous liquids by rail, barge, truck or pipeline within the United States. And by extension, the bigger question is whether this latest rail accident will push President Obama to Okay the Keystone XL Pipeline — a project that has just as much symbolic significance as it does practical implications.
That’s because the thick and gooey Canadian tar sands are still getting piped east within Canada before they are placed into rail cars and sent to US refineries along the Gulf Coast. At issue is whether the last stage of the Keystone pipeline will get the official thumb’s up or whether the oil will be forced onto rail cars — all in light of what occurred Monday afternoon 30-miles outside Charleston, WV.Click right here to read more.
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