Transporting crude oil by rail or pipeline: Which is safer?

The disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Que., is prompting a debate about the way we transport crude oil across the country.

Leisha Grebinski's interviews members of the pro-pipeline and anti-pipeline camps

Lac-Mégantic, Que., located about 250 kilometres east of Montreal, has a population of about 6,000. An estimated 2,000 people were evacuated following the explosion and subsequent fires.

The disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Que., is prompting a debate about the way we transport crude oil across the country.

Deborah Yedlin, a business columnist with the Calgary Herald, said the tragedy highlights the advantages of transporting oil through pipelines because it's safer than rail. Stephen Guilbeault, deputy director of the Quebec-based environmental organization Equiterre, said that people who say pipelines are safer are trying to simplify the issue.

Listen to host of Saskatoon Morning Leisha Grebinski's interviews with Yedlin and Guilbeault.

What do you think: Is it safer to transport crude oil by rail or pipeline? Leave your comments below.