WHO WILL MOVE THE COAL?

The conflict between coal slurry pipeline developers and railroads whose right-of-way the pipelines would cross is discussed. What is the railroads' rationale for blocking coal slurry pipeline progress when they routinely grant right-of-way to oil, gas, and water pipelines? Out of a multitude of arguments, it often boils down to one basic point--coal unit trains are the railroads' expansion vehicle. With slurry pipelines in the picture, the railroads claim, the "cream" of the coal hauling business would be lost forever, leaving the railroads saddled with massive amounts of unused track capacity. To add insult to injury, railroad calculations show the slurry pipelines are unnecessary in the first place. Doubling coal carrying capacity, railroads say, would require only 2% average growth per year, easily attainable at present levels of expansion. The Federal Energy Administration, however, estimates that even if six coal slurry pipelines are built (only four are being seriously considered), western railroads alone will haul an additional 200 million tons of coal by 1985. Such a boost, say slurry proponents, indicates that there is more than enough business to go around.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Institute of Mining, Mettalurgy & Petroleum Engineers

    345 East 47th Street
    New York, NY  United States  10017
  • Publication Date: 1977-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 49-50
  • Serial:
    • Mining Engineering
    • Volume: 29
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: American Institute of Mining, Mettalurgy & Petroleum Engineers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00173583
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1978 12:00AM