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Tanker cars take on crude oil at the Altex Energy facility in Lashburn, Sask.
Tanker cars take on crude oil at the Altex Energy facility in Lashburn, Sask.
(Altex Energy/Altex Energy)

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A rail revolution in the oil patch? It's more smoke than fire

A railway revolution is supposed to be taking place in the oil patch. So far, though, it’s more smoke than fire.

Shipping oil by rail rather than pipeline has become increasingly attractive because fierce opposition from environmental groups has stalled the construction of new pipeline capacity in Canada.