We have just seen a cost of not allowing enough pipelines to be built to get our oil to market. See the latest news on the explosion of an oil tanker train in Lac Megantic at the CBC site.
The basic thing is that what is wanted by the market will find a way to get to the market. Our oil is wanted. However, there are lots of people who felt that if they stopped the building of pipelines they would stop Alberta oil from being mined. Train cars to transport the oil were built because not enough pipelines were allowed to be built.
Using pipelines to transport oil is a lot safer with fewer spills than using trains. Clearly those who thought that trains would not be used to transport oil were wrong.
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