PANEL DISCUSSION: COMMUNITY IMPACTS AND LOCAL AUTONOMY

This discussion concerns itself with possible transportation of energy impacts in urban and other areas. For example, an important issue in Pennsylvania is that of coal haul roads. Local roads in the rural areas of the state are not really constructed to handle the increase in traffic flow of very heavy trucks that would result if coal production were increase to the level specified in this country's long term energy policy. Townships in these areas lack the fiscal means to keep these roads in proper repair; and local residents have contend with badly damaged pavements, as well as the other safety and environmental hazards associated with coal mining. Increased coal usage can cause problems at the consuming end also. In New York City, for example, air quality standards would have to be drastically relaxed to accomodate the use of high-sulphur appalachian coal. New facilities would have to be built to handle the large volume of coal that would be coming in. In Boston, bringing liquid natural gas into the harbor may have considerable economic impact over and above the safety rim. When an LNG tanker enters the harbor, no other shipping is allowed in. Flights to and from Logan Airport that might pass over a tanker are stopped. The costs of these delays may be considerable. Furthermore, LNG shipment and storage may be a disincentive to future investments in the areas around the harbor. These and other examples point up the need to carefully consider the various economic, environmental and equity tradeoff associated with the use of various energy sources.

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  • Accession Number: 00315318
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM