Quebec disaster: Oil shipments by rail have increased 28,000 per cent since 2009

It has reminded the business community and oil sector that, unlike pipelines, railways don’t come with burdensome long-term contracts, and noted that heavy crude also needs to be diluted when pushed through a pipeline.

The savings with train transportation can run as high as 30 per cent, per shipment, the association claims.

“This 30 per cent difference in load factor is a key element in making rail a competitive option for transporting crude,” said Bourque’s statement, posted on the group website.

He also defended the safety of rail shipments.

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