ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF COAL SLURRY PIPELINES AND UNIT TRAINS

SAI recently evaluated the environmental impacts of coal slurry pipelines and coal unit trains for the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment. Both the general impacts of each technology and the impacts of hypothetical cases were evaluated. Results of this study are presented here with emphasis on the Utah-to-Southern California hypothetical case. It is shown that the coal slurry pipeline water requirement is so small in comparison with even the lowest flows in the Green River that no significant direct environmental impacts would be anticipated. Permanent removal of water from the Basin by a slurry pipeline would preclude some growth in alternative uses. The most likely re-use of recovered coal slurry pipeline water in the Barstow area would be as power plant cooling system makeup. Because the pipeline would largely bypass population centers, the major impact would be upon rural land use, which is primarily grazing land and open space.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 228-240

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188361
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proc Series No. 4
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM