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Along Gulf Coast, a Downside to Surging Oil Production

Oil production along the Gulf Coast has helped cut U.S. crude imports by 20 percent since 2005. But environmentalists say the increased production isn't without drawbacks, including strain on the state's rail, pipeline and highway systems.

by Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media
Houston Ship Channel - March 16, 2012,  Baytown, TX

Oil production along the Gulf Coast has helped cut U.S. crude imports by 20 percent since 2005. But environmentalists say the increased production isn't without drawbacks, including strain on the state's rail, pipeline and highway systems.

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