Last year, trains transported more than one million barrels of oil
per day in 2014 — a huge jump from 55,000 barrels per day in 2010. This
increase in oil-by-rail transportation has come with a number of
high-profile derailments. Can technology improve safety? Yes. While the
risk associated with oil train derailments has not been eliminated, the
transportation of crude oil by rail has certainly become safer through
extensive research, development, and implementation of new technologies.
Continued efforts by railroads, government agencies, research
institutions, and universities will continue to improve the safety of
crude oil transportation by rail, reducing risk and potentially
alleviating public fears associated with railroad transportation.