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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:46 PM
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Why was oil terminal built at the base of an active volcano?
Under the volcano

Redoubt eruptions prompt question: Why was this built here?

By RICHARD MAUER
rmauer@adn.com

Published: April 25th, 2009 09:13 PM
Last Modified: April 25th, 2009 11:05 PM


When Mount Redoubt began erupting last month, the nearby Drift River oil terminal suddenly emerged from the obscurity of a low-key industrial facility to the potential source of an environmental disaster on the scale of the Exxon Valdez.

And with its place in the spotlight came an obvious question: How could such a hazardous facility have been built there, just 22 miles from Redoubt's cone?

"That is the most consistent question I hear on the street," said Bob Shavelson, executive director of the environmental watchdog group Cook Inletkeeper. "The everyday, walking-around person scratches their head when they hear there's an oil terminal at the base of an active volcano."

The precise details of why it's there are lost in the haze of history. The current owners, Chevron-managed Cook Inlet Pipe Line Co., say they inherited the facility in 2005 when Chevron bought out Unocal, the prior operator, and don't know its full history. State records show that officials from Mobil, one of Cook Inlet Pipe Line's original owners, initiated the purchase and lease of two state land parcels for the terminal in early 1966.

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http://www.adn.com/money/industries/oil/story/773178.html
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PCIntern Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:49 PM
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1. Because there was a Republican in charge?
Seemed like a good idea at the time, I'm sure. Next, they'll build a nuclear plant on the San Andreas Fault.
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:49 PM
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2. They got the land cheap.
Probably had a deal where no taxes paid for 50 years. Some sort of give away.
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:50 PM
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3. Did Stevens own the land?
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Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:51 PM
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4. Why are nuclear reactors built on fault lines?



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adiabatic Donating Member (59 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:52 PM
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5. Probably for similar reasons the terminal was built in a flood-prone area by New Orleans
the location is eminently convenient.
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lefthandedlefty Donating Member (247 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:44 PM
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6. Simple
If it erupts oil companies will oil shortage and raise prices
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Thothmes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:35 PM
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7. Why do we build large cities on major earthquake fault lines
or build them below sea level. Hell people build cities at the foot of active volcanos.(Naples & Pompeii at the foot of Vesuvius.)
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