Probably two of the most critical factors affecting energy resource development are the large front-end investments and the long lead times required by energy-related projects. A third critical factor is the task of planning and executing these projects in a changing and uncertain environment. The creation and decisions of the new Department of Energy will have a major impact on the production and transportation of coal. Other public issues facing the coal industry today include the direction of the "reform" of the nation's electric utility industry; pollution problems and amendments to the Clean Air Act; strip mine legislation; the future of slurry pipelines; and the ability of the nation's railroads to transport an ever increasing amount of coal production. Union Pacific's plans for increased transport of coal are outlined: new cars and locomotives, new rails, track maintenance, centralized traffic control and construction of new coal cars (some of the Teoli type) in their own shops. In response to questions, the author says they can build coal cars cheaper than buy them (partly due to steady operation and a flat overhead) and objects to slurry pipelines because they compete for the high volume traffic the railroad handles best and leave the railroad to haul smaller volumes and functioning to some extent on a standby basis.

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    • In Coal production and transportation: third annual conference, 1977; San Francisco, PLM, Inc.
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  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00174362
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 18 1978 12:00AM