The fine print on pipelines isn't scary: Robert Bradley

July 24, 2017

Have you heard? Transporting oil through pipelines is a threat to humanity! The many accidents highlighted in the press speak for themselves.

Except that pipeline accidents are rare - and many accounts contain exaggerations. Too often, they imply that pipelines, really the energy they carry, should be phased out.

Headline hyperbole

Welcome to the war on fossil fuels, where every mishap is portrayed as the Bad News Bears.

Consider the recent article from Michigan that Enbridge Line 5, piping crude oil through the Great Lake State, has spilled 1.1 million gallons of oil since 1968.

The catch is, the majority of these incidents happened decades ago. In other words, technological advances have made pipelines safer than ever.

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