3 potential risks when transporting hazardous materials by rail

By OPW | May 20, 2021

Citing a forecast from the Federal Highway Administration, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported in July 2019 that total railroad freight shipments in the United States will rise from 17.8 billion in 2017 to an estimated 24.1 billion in 2040, an increase of 35%. A good portion of this growth is being driven by the historically high levels of oil and natural gas that is being produced and transported in the U.S, creating a need for more so-called “crude-by-rail” shipping.

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