A Web of Oil and Natural Gas Pipelines Already Crisscross America Linking Up Customers and Refineries

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Keystone XL or Not: How Does America Move Oil Now?

December 3, 2014, Joseph Kane, Robert Puentes and Adie Tomer

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has stirred considerable debate about the future of American energy policy. While the Senate’s recent vote to block its construction tables the discussion for the time being, it does not resolve major questions about how the U.S. transports oil today. With the ongoing shale gas boom, the U.S. is set to pass Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer. Looking beyond KXL, such a rapid rise in production means American transportation networks are straining under new pressures to safely and efficiently move all this energy between different markets. 


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