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  •  John Spellman: Politics Never Broke His Heart (5+ / 0-)

    Crosscut features the first of a two part review of a a new book about John Spellman, a Republican Governor of Wa State who was determined to protect Puget Sound.

    “No outraged Chinese governor could stop the Emperor from building the Great Wall. Nor did a Roman senator thwart the Appian Way, nor a Russian prince prevent the Trans-Siberian Railroad. But today one of the nation’s mightiest public-works projects, the $2.7 billion, 1,490-mile Northern Tier Pipeline designed to carry Alaskan crude oil from Puget Sound to Midwestern refineries, is being blocked by a single man, Governor John Spellman of Washington.”

    That was the opening paragraph of People magazine’s April 1982 profile of the little-known Western politician who was “bucking president and party to turn an oil pipeline into a pipe dream.”

    After five years of hearings that produced 40,000 pages of testimony, the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council on January 27, 1982, voted decisively to deny permits for an oil port at Port Angeles and a pipeline beneath the Sound. The final decision would be Spellman’s alone.

    Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

    by princesspat on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 04:24:25 PM PDT

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