Re: “NEB online map tracks pipeline trouble.”
Despite the fact that there are frequent pipeline spills, given the amount of oil that is run through them and how frequently they are operated, the amount spilled is not that significant.
Although there are harsh environmental effects, one thing I think a lot of people don’t realize is that whether or not a pipeline is built, the oil will still get produced, and ultimately make its way to where it is demanded.
Without pipelines, the oil will simply get transported via trains or trucks.
If pipelines are built, it is actually estimated to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emitted during the transportation process.
In this sense, one could argue that building the pipeline is a good idea.
Furthermore, there are many engineers working to ensure that leaks don’t occur.
The data shows that fewer leaks are happening as time moves forward, and it is therefore reasonable to assume that pipelines will be safer in the future.
Even now, oil pipelines are considered to be over engineered for their task.
I have no doubt that they are safe for use and efficient in what they do.
As far as safety is concerned I think it is covered, however whether they are good for the community is a different concern altogether.