Oil in Trans Alaska pipeline slows to trickle
January 9th, 2011
01:08 AM ET

Oil in Trans Alaska pipeline slows to trickle

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..


Filed under: Alaska • U.S.
soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. Death Panel Sarah

    Douglas....Of course the oil companies have A LOT of control over oil prices!!!!!
    They are the SUPPLY of the 'supply and demand'!!!!
    That is the reason OPEC was formed!!
    It's what they do best!!!!!

    January 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Death Panel Sarah

    Why does nobody mention Hydrogen?
    It can power autos, can be made easily, and when it burns, it returns to water–no pollution!!!
    I know someone will say "you need coal powered electricity to make it", but you can use solar wind or water power to make it. It will NEVER run out because you can make it in your backyard!
    That is why the govt. won't tell you about it. If you can make it, they can't tax it!(Also the oil industry will lose profits and the shills won't get their kickbacks.)

    January 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PartisanSheep

    Prudhoe? Isn't that an oxymoron?

    January 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    @Partison...lmao. good one. Like prudeho bay, where the girls are mermaids afraid of the water.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @DPS...me? Sarcastic? Nope. Cynic here.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. trying to survive

    Has anyone considered all these acts as domestic terrorism... Probably both domestic and international combined. We might as well tuck our head between our legs and kiss our a– goodbye. Gop and Right wingers and hate mongers

    January 10, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jack in NY

    o.k. stop talking people! Where is the leak? I got a bucket.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
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