posted on Dec, 19 2014 @ 11:02 PM
Hey! Let's load up twenty thousand gallons of toxic, highly flammable, extremely combustible liquid into a steel container, link about 200 or so of
them together the shoot them across the country side at 50 miles per hour. What could go wrong?
A lot really. There's been a few juicy mishaps in the past few years doing this. The best one killed like 47 people.
Now, before you call me out as a tree hugging liberal enviro commie, you should know I work with oil tank cars every day. Not one loaded with crude
mind you, we ship out mostly decant destined for paper mills and such. This oil has had most of the good stuff refined out and you would likely have a
tough time getting it to combust, but it still gets a hazmat placard, so I don't drink it very often.
To combat the rise in disastrous accidents of late there have been some new regulations put into effect dealing with oil tankers. As is done quite
routinely by government beaurocrats who are paid quite well to do a horrible job with absolutely no knowledge of what they are doing, the majority of
these regulations are largely useless in nature. They mostly center on inspections, filling out forms, wheel chucks and derailers installed in front
of the cars while loading.
Stuff like that.
Sure, they are phasing in a stricter specification on wall thickness on new car constructions, but there are a hell of a lot of current ones out
there. And in the long run, will a little bit thicker construction really matter with 280,000 pounds going 50 mph when it tumbles end to end in a
derailment? I can't think so.
Personally I'm all for the pipeline, it's gotta be a hell of a lot safer to move the stuff that way, probably cheaper too.