Washington, D.C, July 1, 2021 — The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii) released its newest report, How the U.S. Moves Hazardous Materials. The report surveys the safety and effectiveness, climate impact, efficiency, and cost of the four available methods for transporting energy resources: pipelines, trains, trucks, and ships.

All four transportation methods have a safety and effectiveness rate of 99.99 percent or higher in moving oil and gas products. This has been made possible by advancements and investments in innovative technology from remote pipeline monitoring to positive train control, driver assist features, and more.

“What is not surprising is that on the whole, pipelines remain the safest and most effective method of transporting hazardous material,” said Aii Director of Public Policy, Benjamin Dierker. “Ultimately, all forms of transportation have become far safer and more efficient in the last 20 years.”

The U.S. consumes over 6 billion barrels of petroleum and over 30 trillion cubic feet of natural gas each year. This not only supports the energy generation for over two-thirds of the country, but most products needed for daily life use or are derived from these resources. Developing and transporting these resources is of critical, national importance.

In order to maintain this safety record across pipelines, rail, trucks, and ships, investments in technology and infrastructure are critical.

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About the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure

The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii) is an independent, national research and educational organization dedicated to identifying our nation’s infrastructure needs, creating awareness of those needs, and finding solutions to critical public policy challenges. Aii strives to promote proven, innovative technology and higher safety standards in a non-partisan manner to achieve excellence nationwide. The Alliance is a think tank consisting of two non-profits: the National Infrastructure Safety Foundation (NISF) 501(c)(4) and the Public Institute for Facility Safety (PIFS) 501(c)(3). (Aii.org)