Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Business Administration

First Advisor

Theodore F. Marburg


The purpose of this paper is to describe the performance of the petroleum pipeline industry and the government response to this performance. The performance can probably best be judged in terms of productivity changes. Any attempt to judge productivity of the pipeline industry requires an assumption that the petroleum industry in general has experienced productivity growth. Although no attempt to substantiate this assumption will be made herein, it would appear to be valid due to the phenomenal expansion of the industry. The following items will be considered to be measures of productivity:

1. Innovation;

2. Pipeline mileage changes;

3. Petroleum volume changes;

4. Transportation rate and earnings changes.

The first of these, innovation, will be considered as occurring when either new methods are developed or when existing technology is converted to new and original uses.