Earlier this year, it was reported North Dakota may have been experiencing an oil boomlet as a result of the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Fast forward, and North Dakota is now producing more oil for American consumers and farmers were able to bring their crops to market faster and more affordably since oil has been taken off of trains.
The Dakota Access Pipeline has also reduced oil-train traffic within the state. The last time oil production was this high, North Dakota saw as many as 12 trains, or 1,200 cars, pass through daily. Today, only two trains do. That’s a victory for the environment and public safety, given that oil-spill accidents occur with much greater frequency on railways than in pipelines.
Read more – The Wall Street Journal