Seattle Water Department Northern Tier Pipeline Records, 1973-1983  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.) Water Dept.
Title
Seattle Water Department Northern Tier Pipeline Records
Dates
1973-1983 (inclusive)
Quantity
.8 cubic foot, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
8204-05
Summary
Records concerning a proposed oil pipeline.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for processing this record series was provided through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

A public waterworks was created by City Charter amendment in 1875. However, Seattle was served primarily by small private water companies for the next decade-and-a-half. Following the Great Fire of 1889, citizens voted to fund creation of a municipally owned water system. The City purchased the private systems and began development of the Cedar River Watershed, and since 1891, has owned and operated a municipal water system. The system was administered by the Superintendent of Water under the auspices of the Board of Public Works. In 1905 the Department of Lighting and Water Works was created. Five years later, the Water Department became a separate entity. Most of the water used by the Seattle Water Department came from the Cedar River Watershed property, which also provided income for the department through the selling of logging rights. Several timber companies including Weyerhaeuser Company, Scott Paper Company and Pacific States Lumber Company, all had contracts with the Water Department. In the 1950s, Seattle voters chose to add fluoride to the city's water supply and charged the Water Department with the task of fluoridating. The election was a close one, however, and debate over the policy lasted into the '70s. In 1997 the Water Department was consolidated with the utilities of the Engineering Department to form Seattle Public Utilities.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records created and collected by Water Department staff regarding Northern Tier Pipeline Company’s application to build an oil pipeline to transport Alaskan crude oil from Port Angeles to Minnesota. The City of Seattle became an intervenor in the State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council proceedings because a proposed route of the Northern Tier pipeline crossed the Cedar River watershed and pipeline. Northern Tier dropped its application in 1983. Records include correspondence, memos, pleadings, clippings, evaluations, maps and Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council agendas, minutes and news releases.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Seattle Water Department Northern Tier Pipeline Records , Record Series 8204-05. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

8204-05:  Northern Tier Pipeline Records , 1973-1983Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
1980-1982
1/2
Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
1978-1979
1/3
Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
1977
1/4
Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
1977
1/5
Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
1976-1977
1/6
Northern Tier Pipeline
1979-1983
1/7
Northern Tier Pipeline
1977-1978
1/8
Northern Tier Pipeline
1976
1/9
Northern Tier Pipeline
1976
1/10
Northern Tier Pipeline - Crossing of Tolt Pipeline
1980
1/11
Northern Tier Pipeline Evaluation
1979-1981
2/1
Northern Tier Pipeline Evaluation
1979-1980
2/2
Northern Tier Pipeline Evaluation
1977-1979
2/3
Northern Tier Pipeline Evaluation
1976
2/4
Northern Tier Pipeline Intervention
1976
2/5
Northern Tier Pipeline Maps
undated
2/6
Northern Tier Pipeline Meeting 4/20/1977
1977
2/7
Northern Tier Pipeline News Articles
1976
2/8
Northern Tier Pipeline News Articles
1977
2/9
Northern Tier Pipeline - Oil Spill Experiences
1973-1976
2/10
Northern Tier Pipeline Procedures
1976-1977
2/11
Northern Tier Pipeline Zoning
1976
2/12
Northern Tier Pipeline Zoning
1976

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Cedar River Watershed (King County, Wash.)
  • Petroleum pipelines--Washington (State)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Northern Tier Pipeline
  • Northern Tier Pipeline Company
  • Seattle (Wash.) Water Dept.
  • Washington (State). Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)