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Megan Hansen, Ethan Dursteler: The Relative Benefits and Drawbacks of the Modes of Transporting Oil and Gas

September 11, 2017

There are three main ways of moving oil and gas, which are vital to the U.S. economy, across the country. Each mode of transportation has its virtues and drawbacks relative to the others but all have critical roles.

Megan Hansen and Ethan Dursteler's study, "Pipelines, Rail & Trucks" examine the economic, environmental, and safety impacts of transporting oil and gas in the U.S. The study finds while each mode of transportation has its merits and serves a unique purpose, in general pipelines move the most oil, at the lowest costs and with the best safety record.
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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.