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In the News: Prof. Chow argues railroads never a substitute for pipelines

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Bloomberg Businessweek sought Associate Professor Garland Chow’s expertise on freight transport and security for their story on how the recent disaster in Lac-Megantic, Que. has intensified the safety debate surrounding transporting oil by trains.


Chow explains that while railroads can serve as a “stopgap” to move oil while pipelines are being built, they can never be a substitute for pipelines.

He also notes that, “The volume of crude that is forecast to be shipped out of Alberta simply cannot be transported by rails.”