The oil industry repeatedly touts the safety of pipelines over rail or trucks. Anyone with their critical thinking hat on knows this is not true: a container of something is never able to do as much damage as a stream of something.
The simplest example, as every city driver knows, is bottled water.
Yes, bottled water in North America has a bad reputation. But has it ever washed away a road? caused sinkholes? Water pipelines do, every day. You see a Dasani truck rolling down the street and you do not immediately think of a risk or threat to to the municipal infrastructure. If you see a water pipeline, you do.
City water supplies leak. Copiously. In some cities as much as 40% of the supply is lost between source and delivery.
Oil pipelines leak, too.