CASE FOR SLURRY PIPELINES

The same basic economics is applicable to the transport of all fluids, and the only problem that many of us have is in simply recognizing that coal can be considered as such. Thus, coal in slurry form acts in a pipeline in a fashion almost identical to crude oil, and the economics are almost identical. All of the factors which have led us as a nation to transport petroleum by pipeline in preference to transport by railway tank cars exist with respect to the transport of coal. The better economics, the ease of handling, the lack of environmental impact of coal slurry lines, are all consistent with what we have already learned with petroleum pipelines. Railroads have refused to allow slurry pipelines to cross their rights of way. Slurry pipeline companies are seeking rights of eminent domain in state legislatures and the federal congress and also questioning the railroads land titles (in some cases the railroads only have some form of easement). Further, the pipeline companies are committed to a strong public relations approach about railroad charges being more subject to inflation and "to what the traffic will bear" if there is no competition.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • In Coal production and transportation: third annual conference, 1977; San Francisco, PLM, Inc.
  • Corporate Authors:

    PLM, Incorporated

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    San Francisco, CA  United States  94111
  • Authors:
    • Haerle, P R
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00174370
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 18 1978 12:00AM