Map of US Oil Pipelines

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  1. WickedGreen commented on Apr 30

    ooooo, I love maps! Especially spaghetti maps. Although Texas looks more like a shotgun wound, but I disgress …

    Still, it just isn’t busy enough. Everyone knows where state boundaries are.

    How about slapping some major fault lines, or important aquifer recharge areas, or regions of high biological diversity/endemism, or intersecting zones of minority/low income populations, or I dunno, anything that tells us about reality – you know, in context?

    It’s as simple to obscure with maps as it is to inform. Easier, in fact.

  2. intlacct commented on Apr 30

    Toilet of the U.S., thy names are Texas and Loosiana. ;)

  3. Lyle commented on Apr 30

    The map clearly shows why west coast gasoline and oil prices are decoupled from east of the rockies. Note no crude pipelines and only really one product pipeline, going to the west coast.
    The other interesting feature is how the WWII big inch pipeline from Tx up to Washington DC shows up and its clear that it was built to avoid putting tankers in the way of u boats. It also shows why a shutdown of this pipeline puts the southeast in a world of hurt.

    • A Farmer commented on May 1

      Actually, the Big Inch and Little Big Inch ran west of the Mississippi and North of the Ohio, and terminated in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. That pipeline through the southeast is a different one, but your point about a shutdown is correct.

  4. gordo365 commented on May 1

    We already have crude pipeline from North Dakota to Texas. Why not use that for tar sands instead of Keystone?

  5. formerlawyer commented on May 1

    As to the the Ogallala Acquifer, a map is included in this opinion piece:

    A better map is here:

    Wickedgreen I agree with your point that maps can be deceptive – in fact that is one reason the National Energy Board (Canada’s interprovincial pipeline regulator) does not allow them into evidence!
    e.g. How do you cross examine a map?

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