Could the answer to the oilsands to tidewater problem lie on the rail, instead of through a pipe?
A new report by the transportation-logistics minded Van Horne institute suggests that a rail line from Fort McMurray to Delta Junction, Alaska could provide an alternate route for area oil.
The rail system would cost between $28 to 34 billion dollars, and would be able to transport between 1 and 1.5 million barrels of oil a day.
Once the bitumen reaches Alaska, it would then be pumped to the Valdez Marine terminal.
The study’s authors say First Nations were consulted during their research, and the ultimate route was chosen after others were rejected for risks to communities and environmentally protected areas.
You can read the entire report here.