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Reader's View: Pipelines better than tankers for moving oil

The Keystone XL pipeline is, of course, strongly opposed by various environmental groups. I am aware that Canadian National Railway already is making improvements to its tracks, double-tracking the line on Steelton Hill, which runs from the Gary-...

The Keystone XL pipeline is, of course, strongly opposed by various environmental groups.
I am aware that Canadian National Railway already is making improvements to its tracks, double-tracking the line on Steelton Hill, which runs from the Gary-New Duluth area to the top of the hill past the Nopeming area (“Residents near railroad worry about expanded CN line,” Oct. 13, 2014). The railroad has said this is the steepest hill on its system.
I recently watched a train start down that hill. It had two box cars (buffers) behind the engine, followed by about 150 shiny, new-looking oil tank cars probably carrying oil from Canada.
I can just imagine a derailment happening while going down that hill and oil cascading down that hill through the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood.
Which would you prefer: massive oil trains already moving all over the country or the oil moving safely underground through pipelines?
Either way, that oil will be moved and consumed by the public.
Lauren W. Johnson
Duluth

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