A study released by the American Farm Bureau Federation reveals that expanding pipeline infrastructure would relieve the nation’s overburdened freight rail network. South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott Vanderwal says by doing that it will help farmers and ranchers get their commodities to market and provide a safer system for transporting oil.
Vanderwal says if pipeline infrastructure can be expanded it will help prevent the recent logjam that led to the backlog of rail cars.
Vanderwal says his group also backs the Keystone XL pipeline project and this study helps support that.
Farm Bureau’s study indicates expansion of pipeline infrastructure will take the burden off of freight, which could increase the annual volume of grain moved by as much as 14-percent.
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