Derailment fuels debate over rail vs. pipelines for oil transport

Derailment fuels debate over rail vs. pipelines for oil transport

By Kevin Miller and Jesse Scardinajscardina Portland Press Herald

The debate over transportation of oil intensified in Maine and nationally Monday as Canadian officials investigated Saturday's deadly train derailment and explosion in Quebec.

After months of controversy over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the early-morning crash in Lac-Megantic drew national attention to the growing trend of sending crude oil by rail from North Dakota and Canada to refineries on the Eastern Seaboard.

Whether the disaster will influence debate over the Keystone XL project – which is still under review by the State Department – was unclear Monday.