Only a fraction of the oil that normally courses through the Trans Alaska pipeline was flowing early Sunday after operators discovered a leak near Prudhoe Bay, a company spokeswoman said.
Crews making a routine inspection "found oil in the basement of a booster pump building" around 9 a.m. Saturday, according to Aleyeska Pipeline Service. Company spokeswoman Michelle Egan, who said flow has been reduced by 95%.
On a typical day, 642,261 barrels of oil would pass through the pipeline.
"Crews are currently onsite to assess the situation and isolate the source of the leak," a company statement said..
Wind and solar
hunger and cold
windmills are wrong, wrong, wrong. Aside from the fact they cannot provide the level of power needed to make them worthwhile, they clutter up the open countryside with ugly machinery and wiring and bird/bat killing blades. The "environmentalists" of the future will be taking them down and criticizing the purveyors of windmills just as the purveyors of windmills criticized caol and nuclear. History will repudiate you oh so pure insistence.
Hey man I also prefer Wind and solar... but to the people who say "hunger and cold" and such in return saying it won't work. I have another idea.. what about intergalactic power. Send rockets with huge batteries to hugeeeeee solar panels in outer space that get 24/7 sun rays (and better power since they are closer than earth and NASA grade panels haha)
Then just send the cheap rockets to harvest the power (2 or more rockets at a time to replace and charge onto the space solar panels 24/7). I'm sure the scientists and such can work on something like this. Just a cool idea that should work ... shrug. Might work!!
Wind and solar are a joke. More "Green" inspired BS to make several rich and the common people left to foot skyrocketing energy bills caused by agreements between governments and green energy producers.
Let it flow let if flow let it flow.... and let Sarah drink all of them.
"joe, windmills are wrong, wrong, wrong. Aside from the fact they cannot provide the level of power needed to make them worthwhile, they clutter up the open countryside with ugly machinery and wiring and bird/bat killing blades. The "environmentalists" of the future will be taking them down and criticizing the purveyors of windmills just as the purveyors of windmills criticized caol and nuclear. History will repudiate you oh so pure insistence."
I'm sure you cannot find any birds in Germany..... they've all gone to Norway to become chicks... :P
Moon Mining of Helium 3...
Every year cats kill more birds than windmills do, by a long shot.
Let's plug it with Sarah Palin.
Time for a replacement, the pipe line was constructed from sub par steel and has outlived its intended lifespan. Hopefully this is the wake up call the state needed to construct a new one. I bet the oil company's are squirming today.
Doesn't BP have something to do with this pipeline?
Yes BP owns it and they have a horrible maintenance record with it as well. There was a PBS Frontline episode about BP very eye opening and you can still watch it on their web page.
BP is one of the owners of Alyeska along with other companies like Conoco and Exxon. Alyeska is run as a separate company with separate management, employees, etc.
yes, BP has a terrible record when it comes to monitoring corrosion in pipelines. Many of their pipelines have leaked in the last 3 years (apart form the gulf disaster)
What about the Enbridge pipeline problem in Alberta???
I do not understand the point of CNN recommending old news stories following this article. Are they somehow related? Do they explain this further? And why should we care what is popular on Facebook?! It is depressing that CNN is straying so far from news reporting.
wah wah wah.
CNN is in the entertainment and advertising business, not news. That's been obvious for years. The US really doesn't have any straight news outlets. They're all manipulations by advertisers and/or politicians that regulate them and provide them the access to the airwaves.
I believe the hip term to describe the above reply is "troll."
If you want real news you need to get it from sources outside this country.
Link TV, Free Speech TV, Democracy Now, The Thom Hartman Show, Mother Jones, Reader Supported News.... there are several out there that rely on private support only! .... support them to get the real story!
Here we go again... double time now!!! *Billy Blanks voice*
I said this week when that congress guy from Mass was saying ANWR needed to be made wilderness, so they can take more jobs away from us, we needed to move to start ANWR, Prudhoe Bay is old 30 plus and it needs repairs, better material now and technology. We have to build ANWR.
Your an idiot who can not write in english.
More like this shows how bogus are the arguments about how the developments at ANWR won't be as damaging as the environmentalists claim. Leaks will happen. Spills will happen. If you want them to happen in ANWR, then drill in ANWR.
We would be far better off to spend all that money on developing renewable plants and technology instead of developing ANWR production.
M....it's (you're) not (your). Perhaps you should correct your English before correcting others.
UMMMM I believe the words you are trying to say in english is 'you're' as in YOU ARE. learn your english.
So if only 5% of the oil was flowing through the pipeline, where did the other 95% of the oil go? I doubt that it's all in the basement of the pump station, so that probably means into the ground. And God only knows how long the leak has been there, as BP is not known for frequent inspections of this pipeline, primarily to avoid discovering problems with it. If they don't know it's there, they don't have to report it and they don't have to fix it.
I think they cut back the oil flow not that it was leaking that much. At 642,000 barrels a day 95% leaking would be another major disaster. I sure they probably have storage tanks that keep the oil unitl it is fixed
ITS LEAKING 600,000 BARRELS A D AY. AT THAT RATE THEY WON'T NEED A PIPELINE. IT WILL JUST FLOW ACROSS THE GROUND TO CALIFORNIA.
It is amazing how dumb some people can be. The percentages have nothing to do with the amount of oil that has been leaked. As a result of an obviously small leak (being that it's in a basement of a booster pump building), they've decided to cut the oil flow back to 5 percent. How hard is that to understand? Government schooling...isn't it great?
Duhhhhh. They cut the flow!
Why, it just disappeared...just like it disappeared from the Gulf of Mexico...!...Oil has that magic quality about it.
Pipes can leak. call a pf.
Wonder how big that basement is?
its about the size of the gulf of mexico.
bp owns that company and is negligent in it's maintainence. that television show summed it up pretty well.
OUR PRISTENE WILDERNESS IN ALASKA IS IN JEOPARDY!
THE CHECKPOINTS ALONG THE LINE USED TO HAVE PEOPLE CHECKING ON THEM NOW IT IS ONLY TECHNOLOGY THAT CAN FAIL LIKE THE GULF INCIDENT COUPLED WITH HUMAN ERROR AND STUPIDITY AT IT HIGHEST LEVEL FOR HUMAN BEINGS ON THIS TROUBLED PLANET!!!
floods, dead everything from birds to people at alarming rate ,disease and blatant abuse of power desplayed by those in charge of groups of people and other living things.
desperate times call for desperate measures.
we need to help our selves get back on the right track.
time is of the essence.....................................................
Do you live in Alaska? This pipeline ad the oil is critical to our existence up here. We CANNOT designate ANWR a habitat. I agree that we should not drill right now, let technology advance so we can potentially gain safer drilling techniques. There is far too much energy there for us not to utilize it!
Its unfortunate when people like this take everything from TV reporting for face value instead of weighing both sides of a depate. Yes technology fails, but I for one would like to see the stats on how reliable human inspectoin is compared to the technology. Probably a lot less. Stuff breaks – it ages and needs repair. This is probably a lot less of an impact on the enviornment then your daily drive to work.
The next excuse to raise oil prices.
Oh and do not forget that bp is planning to drill on their man made island 2 miles down and 6 sideways to reach the next oil pocket. If this goes sour we will be sunk more than the gulf spill and the dominoe effect will ripple over the world once again and pollute our planet!
remember to check what you eat from the sea.
if it is farmed in the gulf do not eat.
if it is farmed in china do not eat they add melamine instead of disspersants for their consumers.
disspersants, melamine and garlic do not mix well for your shrimp scampi
KINDA LEAVES A BAD TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH!!!
Wow, you are manic as can be. They make medication for these sorts of episodes, and if that doesn't work, they have facilities where you can live so you don't harm yourself or others.
You might need to take 2 asprin & go sleep for a couple of days.
It was just a little leak. It was not the end of the world. It is a "GREENEE" story planted to stop drilling. I believe from the past few winters we are warming and we need low priced fuel oil and the only way to get it is to DRILL BABY DRILL!Ken Krieger Cape Coral, Florida
.......and so another steamer hits the gene pool. We can only hope you are not breeding. Dont drill her baby, dont drill her!!!
It may be a green story but,,,this nation relies on petroleum too much...not just in vehicles. I agree hang on to your wallets gas will go up again. Unless we can stop becoming a disposable society, I'm afraid the future is kind of Bleek
He who posts on CNN walls
rolls his s*** in little balls
he who reads those words of wit
eats those little balls of s***
DRILL EVERYWHERE! LAY THAT PIPE BABY!
Exactly . Before the Cubans drill off FL. Or the Russians drill off Alaska. Drill baby drill .
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