Full Title: Delivering the Goods: Making the Most of North America’s Evolving Oil Infrastructure
Author(s): Frank A. Verrastro, Michelle Melton, Sarah O. Ladislaw, Lisa Hyland, and Kevin Book
Publisher(s): Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Publication Date: February 1, 2015
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In recent years, the changing oil production and consumption landscape in North America has led to new developments in the infrastructure that brings oil to market—the pipelines, gathering systems, storage facilities, rail networks, and marine-based transport networks that comprise what is referred to as the industry’s midstream. Realizing the full benefits of the continent’s vast oil resources requires developing and maintaining safe, efficient, and cost-effective midstream infrastructure. These new market conditions and changes in infrastructure raise a host of important policy considerations that may ultimately influence the ability to optimize the benefits of increased North American oil production within the broader context of u.s. economic, environmental, and security priorities.