The Globe And Mail

Harper takes shot at crude rail transport
The Globe And Mail (article publié originalement le 17 mai 2013)

PBF Energy Inc. is making a big bet to bring Alberta crude by train to its refinery near Philadelphia. The company is already receiving 40,000 barrels per day of Alberta’s oil sands bitumen by rail at its Delaware City refinery on the U.S. East Coast, and is working to double that capacity to 80,000 barrels each day.

But the rail strategy of PBF and other energy players took a knock this week from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who questioned the environmental impacts of crude-by-rail.

PBF chairman Thomas O’Malley was given a chance to boast about his company’s plans when he was among several American executives who met with Mr. Harper in New York this week. But before that meeting, the Prime Minister questioned the use of rail to move crude, telling a meeting at the Council on Foreign Relations that the North America’s growing reliance on crude trains is “more environmentally challenging” than building pipelines.

The U.S. Department of Transportation supports Mr. Harper’s contention that pipelines pose less environmental risk in moving crude than rail. In a review of oil-and-gas pipeline safety completed last fall, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said: “Pipelines are the safest way to deliver these resources.”

Je me suis permis de dépoussiérer cette vieille histoire, car toute la fin de semaine des hordes de gauchistes ont déferlé sur les réseaux sociaux pour directement accuser Stephen Harper de la tragédie en affirmant qu’Harper était prêt à tout pour que les trains puissent transporter du pétrole. Or, comme on peut le voir, c’est faux, archi faux.

Je me permets aussi de vous diriger vers un billet que j’ai écrit en janvier 2012 dans lequel on peut apprendre que le refus de construire des pipelines allait obligatoirement obliger les compagnies à transporter du pétrole par train. Vous savez qui fait le plus d’argent dans l’industrie du transport ferroviaire de pétrole? Nul autre que l’idole des gauchistes, j’ai nommé Warren Buffett…