The environmental effects of pipelines are all we hear about these days, but these iron conduits have a very substantial impact on oil prices. In this video, Fool contributors Aimee Duffy and Tyler Crowe discuss these effects, highlighting the current problem that mid-continent refiners are facing with the collapse of the Brent-WTI spread.

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Fool contributors Aimee Duffy and Tyler Crowe have no position in any stocks mentioned. For more energy information, follow them on Twitter, @TMFDuffy and @TylerCroweFool.

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