General data are given regarding environmental impact of pipeline transport of petroleum as compared with other modes, and federal statutes and regulations which can affect pipeline siting are reviewed. The engineering and economic realities are that railroad costs are monumental as compared to those needed by a pipeline. The most significant of federal laws affecting pipeline sites are: the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the deepwater Port Act of 1974, the regulations of the U.S. Corps of Engineers governing dredge and fill operations, the Coastal Lone Management Act of 1972, and the 1973 amendment to Mineral Leasing Act. The concept of pipeline corridors is discussed and the observation is made that the regulations dealing with safety standards for construction and operation have an imminently greater chance of advancing the public interest than do those dealing with pipeline corridors or other means of siting pipelines.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Bar Association

    750 N. Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, IL  United States  60611
  • Authors:
    • Heard Jr, F L
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Accession Number: 00147732
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1977 12:00AM