The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System

  • Louis J. Goodman


The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System case history* is one of 30 cases researched and published by the East-West Center during the period 1977–1982 with partial support from an Exxon Education Foundation grant. The sources used for this case are those generally available to the public, including special evaluative reports following completion of construction. TAPS is a complex project with many legal challenges that delayed the start of construction for over three years. The case provides many useful lessons, as analyzed in the Evaluation and in Chapter 9.


Project Planning Pump Station Haul Road Pipeline Construction Pipeline Route 


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    Hearings, United States Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, Fall 1979.Google Scholar
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    Trans-Alaska Pipeline Application, June 6, 1969.Google Scholar
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    TAPS to Russell Train, Interior Department, June 10, 1969.Google Scholar
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© Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis J. Goodman
    • 1
  1. 1.UCLAUSA

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