The Transportation of Arctic Energy Resources

  • William E. Westermeyer
Conference paper


The potential exists for a major expansion of resource development activity in the Arctic. Given this potential, there is a need for careful consideration of the means by which these resources can be transported. The large initial capital requirements, high operating expenses, and long lead times that will be required to bring these resources to market during the remainder of this decade and beyond demand comprehensive long-range planning and policy development. The political, social, environmental, and energy security implications of transporting Arctic resources are important factors to consider in the evaluation of alternative transportation systems, routes, and markets. Several national interests in Arctic transportation can be readily identified. It is the subject of this chapter to elaborate and evaluate these interests.


Transportation System North Slope Transportation Project Northwest Passage United States Coast Guard 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • William E. Westermeyer
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  1. 1.United States Congress Office of Technology AssessmentUniversity of CaliforniaWashingtonUSA

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