So what’s the problem with pipelines again? Dec31


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So what’s the problem with pipelines again?

Apparently this morning, Steven Hayward at Powerline and I were thinking roughly the same thing.

By now, y’all are aware of the exploding train wreck in North Dakota, burning as a result of carrying crude oil, right?

Years ago, my little hometown of Anniston, Alabama went into an uproar when the Feds decided to construct an incinerator here to destroy chemical weapons held at the Anniston Ordnance Depot.  Folks here were scared of the incinerator, afraid that an accident would happen and we would all die from Sarin, Mustard Gas, VX, or something equally nasty.  Our fears proved groundless, as all the chemical weapons stored here have now been safely destroyed, and the incinerator itself is in the process of dismantlement.  I remember at the time of the original announcement, though, that it had been determined that it would be far, far riskier to transport the chemical weapons elsewhere for destruction, as the risk of an accident in transport would be higher than burning-in-place.

Since King Barry has set his face against the Keystone Pipeline, I’ve spent quite a bit of thought on those early days discussing the chemical-weapons incinerator.

One of my best friends, unable to find work locally in Anniston, has resorted to driving an oil truck way up in the frozen north, transporting oil in tanker-trucks from the oil fields to the railyards for distribution around the country.  Now, the frozen North of the United States is no place for an Alabama boy to be spending his winters.  Temperatures of minus-ten and below are especially hard on someone born and raised in the sunny South, as y’all can imagine.  My friend routinely posts photos on Facebook, photos of deep snow and trucks stuck in snow and ice.  He also posts photos of some really ugly truck accidents, some of which occur at the loading and off-loading points.

It just doesn’t make sense that, rather than constructing a pipeline, our Imperial President would rather see horrific environmental disasters like the one that just occurred in North Dakota.  The construction of the pipeline would create jobs, and it’s likely that my friend would then be able to find truck-driving work somewhat closer to home and family, and not be risking his life up North.

It’s just a thought.

Trans-Alaska Pipeline.  Photo from Luca Galuzzi found at wikipedia.

Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Photo from Luca Galuzzi found at wikipedia.