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Commercial Accidents Surge as Oil Pipelines Expand

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

Critics claim that rapid growth and poor regulations in the oil industry have resulted in a jump in the number of fatal accidents linked to trains and other forms of commercial transportation.

The Oil Industry and Railroad Revival

“This is an industry that has developed overnight, and they have been playing catch-up with the infrastructure.” – Deborah A. P. Herman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board as published by the New York Times.

According to the Association of American Railroads, use of trains and railcars in the oil field has grown exponentially over the past five years.

Where in 2008, only 9,500 carloads of crude oil were delivered to the nation’s refineries by rail, 2013 recorded a staggering 400,000 carloads of crude oil transferred; however, this upheaval has also been linked to a dramatic increase of accidents and deaths.

In the wake of a number of railway accidents, such as the train derailment and explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec last July, critics and safety advocates are urging regulators to review the standards and safety of these oil shipments.

The New York Times has reported on statistics that show that the amount of oil spilled by railroads by the United States last year is more than the total amount spilled by railroads from 1975 to 2012 – roughly 1.15 million gallons oil which could easily ignite and result in catastrophes like that recorded in Quebec.

Beyond the Railroad – Trucking Accidents in Eagle Ford Shale

According to the Houston Chronicle, oil production and transportation has increased the number of traffic deaths occurring in the Eagle Ford Shale area.

Karnes County alone recorded 12 traffic fatalities over a six month period in 2012 marking a 1,200% increase over the number recorded in 2011. Such accidents along Texas 239 have led to the area becoming known simply as the “death trap.”

Additionally, the counties affected by the Eagle Shale Ford boom experienced a 1,050% increase in the number of fatal traffic collisions involving commercial vehicles.

Once again, rapid growth without an adequate infrastructure or safety regulations has become a point of criticism.

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