With I-80 passing my front door and a Chevron pipeline in my backyard, I took special interest in the recent tanker truck spill of more than 4,000 gallons of crude oil in Parley's Canyon ("Tanker spills," April 30). This spill calls attention to a looming set of problems.
More than 250 tanker trucks per day carry 50,000 barrels of sticky crude oil from eastern Utah to Salt Lake refineries on U.S. Route 40 and I-80. More spills are inevitable, along with more air and watershed pollution. Pollution from trucks, spills and the increased output of refineries.
Tesoro's solution is to build a 135-mile pipeline to carry 60,000 barrels per day into Salt Lake, traversing the Provo River and other waterways, sources of drinking water for over a million Utahns.
Unfortunately, pipelines break a lot. Since 1986 in the U.S. there have been nearly 8,000 pipeline incidents resulting in 512 fatalities, and $6.84 Billion in damages.
Tesoro says the pipeline will eliminate the trucks. However, Tesoro is just one of five refineries in SLC wanting crude oil. Expect more pipelines, tanker trucks and more oil spills.