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Published: Saturday, May 10 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

That's all part of the deal we've made with the petroleum devil. Or, as we expressed it more recently, 'drill, baby'. You want oil, cheap and plentiful? I do, too. But the side effects can no longer be contained to someone elses backyard.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Potential, odds and risks. All that stuff ts figured into it. it sounds like the oil industry have lost faith in truck drivers trying to improve the odds.

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

Opposing pipelines that would take tankers off the highways is illogical in the extreme. The supporting statement that "pipelines break a lot" is both unfounded and overstated. Some people seem to be so bent on opposing anything to do with petroleum that they will blindly accept any statement that aligns with their beliefs, no matter how fantastic.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

There have been four oil/gas pipeline leaks in Utah since, 2000. About 13,000 barrels of oil/gas were release from the leaks. A single tanker truck carries 9.000 barrels of oil/gas. With 250 tanker trucks driving through our canyons every day, statistically, which form or transportation is more likely to result in a spill? It's a miracle that so few tanker trucks are involved in accidents. Even with baffels in the tank, oil sloshes, which causes the weight of the payload to shift from side to side. Any time a driver has to make an emergency stop is a time that the load can shift and it if shifts, there driver is no longer a driver; he's a rider in a truck that is out of control.

On the other hand, pipelines have various detectors to verify that what was sent down the line reaches the other end. In modern lines, leaks are easily detected due to the electronics used.

I would much rather have one or two jointly owned pipeline than 1,750 trucks a week carrying oil to the refinery.

Sven
Morgan, UT

Hutterite said:

"That's all part of the deal we've made with the petroleum devil. Or, as we expressed it more recently, 'drill, baby'. You want oil, cheap and plentiful? I do, too. But the side effects can no longer be contained to someone elses backyard."

Since you feel oil (petroleum) is evil, I assume you don't drive a car? I assume you also don't use products made from petroleum such as: Cell phones, upholstery, ink, tires, caulking, toilet seats, cosmetics, ballpoint pens, purses, insect repellents, detergents, medical devices, trash bags, crayons, pantyhose, bandages, golf balls...shall I go on?

A 42-gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline. The rest (over half) goes to make things that makes our lives better, and more enjoyable.

Since you feel petroleum is of the Devil, we can assume you don't use any of these products...right? Why don't you show us how it's done, and commit to not using petroleum based products in your daily life?

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

If you love oil so much then why don't we start up a church for it? After all, it provides for everyone and everything!

It has the power to destroy too. Thousands of miles of beach in the Gulf has been destroyed. Cities are at risk of flooding. The climate has become more severe. Billions of dollars are lost each year in health care and cleaning up of oil. It also has he power to murder. Thousands die each year from oil.

So yes, by all means, let's continue to worship it. Renewable energy? Get thee hence

Sven
Morgan, UT

The Real Maverick said:

"It has the power to destroy too. Thousands of miles of beach in the Gulf has been destroyed. Cities are at risk of flooding. The climate has become more severe. Billions of dollars are lost each year in health care and cleaning up of oil. It also has he power to murder. Thousands die each year from oil."

Please provide us the evidence/proof for your assertions that oil is responsible for:

1) Thousands of miles of beaches on the Gulf that were destroyed by oil (By "destroyed", you must mean unusable to this day...right?)?

2) Cities at risk of flooding because of oil?

3) The climate becoming more severe because of oil?

4) Billions of dollars lost each year in health care and cleaning up of oil?

5) People who've died oil related deaths? (Please provide specifics about the incidents, and names of said individuals)

Again, provide actual proof for these allegations, and not the typical fear mongering that typifies the radical left.

We're waiting...

((Crickets))

No One Of Consequence
West Jordan, UT

"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."

And yet there are so few spills or crashes. What an amazing safety record these drivers maintaining. My hat goes off to them!

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

Every pipeline has leaks. Every mode of transporting oil has risks and history of spills. I would think that rather than continuing down this path it would behoove us to seek a better alternative. Before fool again states, "why don't you park your car" or call me a hypocrite I would remind them that pragmatism is not stupid but if we don't change your children's health, and birthright to the beauty that surrounds us will be lost forever.

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