The world uses a substantial amount of oil on an annual basis. Getting oil from one place to another is no easy feat, but pipelines are easily one of the top methods for moving oil products. They are quite safe, not to mention efficient. Consider some of the benefits of pipelines over the other methods of transportation. The pipelines are always in place and always able to run, no matter the weather. That’s not the case with tanker trucks and even the railway. They also happen to be a more cost effective option when it comes to transporting oil. With a truck you have to pay for the truck, the driver, the fuel it takes to move the oil from one place to another and more. This means that the pipelines have a lower carbon footprint, making them better for the environment.
Moving the oil through pipelines tends to be much faster as well. The oil will go to refineries, depending on the type of pipeline, and will then be refined, put on trucks or into another pipeline, and then will go out to the customers. If the world only relied on trucks to transport the oil, it would simply take longer. This could actually cause the price of gas to go higher.
To get a better idea of why pipelines make sense, look north to the CEPA pipeline network in Canada. The pipeline is able to transport three million barrels of oil each day. Do you know how many rail cars this would take? It would take 4,200. How many tanker trucks would be needed to move the same amount of oil? It would take 15,000 tankers! It’s easy to see why the pipeline makes so much more sense.
Are Pipelines Safe?
There is no such thing as 100% safety. Remember, even the unsinkable Titanic sunk. However, the pipelines actually happen to be very safe. As long as they have proper maintenance and inspections, they can last without incident into perpetuity. Even though transporting on rail and by tanker is safe, there have been more incidents with these vehicles than with pipelines.
We need oil and gas, and that means we need to have a reliable way of transporting that crude. Pipelines are a great choice. When given the options, it simply makes much more sense to ship the oil by pipeline whenever possible due to the benefits it offers.
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