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U.S. moves more oil out of North Dakota by rail than the Trans-Alaskan pipeline

Despite the disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, transporting oil by rail is likely to increase in the coming years. In many cases, transport by rail is more flexible by allowing access to markets and oil plays that aren’t served by pipelines, and requires less stringent environmental reviews.The train that crashed in Quebec was carrying oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and raises an important question: how much oil is transported on railroads in the United States?The answer is staggering.Currently, half of all oil coming out of the Bakken shale is transported by railroad (more than the third by pipelines)...

July 17, 2013 — David Wogan
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#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - smart cities, data storage, Cameroon primates, supercharging cell phones, and more.

Enjoy the new Image of the Week!- Roger Dennis - Sensing Cities, Smart Citizens? - Melissa C. Lott - Supercharge your cell phone – California teen invents her way to a better cell phone battery - Alex Wild - How To Credit Images Found in the Wikimedia Commons - Bonnie Swoger - Starting a conversation about data - Maria Konnikova - Of polar bears and consciousness: A tribute to Daniel Wegner - John R...

STAFFJuly 16, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

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