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The United States has seen an increase in the production and transport of oil in recent years, particularly due to the tapping of Bakken crude oil reserves in North Dakota. With these increases come new concerns about environmental impacts due to the burning of hydrocarbon fuel and community impacts due to failing pipelines and railroad tanker cars. Derailments and explosions of trains carrying oil have destroyed communities and necessitated greater government regulation of oil transport. This article describes the federal government's emergency order response to ensure safe transport of oil across the country and discusses the challenges faced by local and regional planners who must account for oil transportation in their efforts. Highlighted are collaborations being forged in the states of Texas and Washington between planners, legislators and oil industry officials to ensure that all stakeholders' needs are met.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 29-32
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  • Accession Number: 01542775
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 1 2014 12:30AM