Pipeline economics lessons

Your excellent comments on "pipeline economics lessons" (OGJ, Sept. 3, 2001, p. 17) highlight the Trans-Alaska Pipeline's many truly remarkable technological and environmental achievements. Thank you for pointing these out at a time when environmental questions are being raised regarding the industry's expanding activity in the Arctic.That the pipeline has operated with minimal environmental impact over the past is a tribute to the men who designed and built this "wonder of the world." I was fortunate to know some of the members of the Williams Bros. groups of companies who participated in TAPS. However, I can also assure you that the cost escalation was, in many respects, technol...

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