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.
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  1. harv

    Wind and solar

    January 9, 2011 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Yes please!!!

      January 9, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • smart

      hunger and cold

      January 9, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • 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.

      January 9, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • SolarMcJolar

      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!!

      January 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • M551

      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.

      January 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Let it flow let if flow let it flow.... and let Sarah drink all of them.

      January 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      "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... 😛

      January 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocketman

      Moon Mining of Helium 3...

      January 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • MasterChief

      @ Joe
      Every year cats kill more birds than windmills do, by a long shot.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Let's plug it with Sarah Palin.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cody

      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.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sand1991

    Doesn't BP have something to do with this pipeline?

    January 9, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Touche

      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.

      January 9, 2011 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
    • DB

      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.

      January 9, 2011 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
    • jay

      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)

      January 9, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • emily

      What about the Enbridge pipeline problem in Alberta???

      January 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve

    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.

    January 9, 2011 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      wah wah wah.

      January 9, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • RkyMtnMan

      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.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      I believe the hip term to describe the above reply is "troll."

      January 9, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      If you want real news you need to get it from sources outside this country.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • abbeynormal

      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!

      January 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Noooooooooooooo! *Aziz Ansari voice*

    Here we go again... double time now!!! *Billy Blanks voice*

    January 9, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Big Tex


    January 9, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. kthr

    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.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
    • m

      Your an idiot who can not write in english.

      January 9, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Nunya

      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.

      January 9, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • a

      M....it's (you're) not (your). Perhaps you should correct your English before correcting others.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • fed 123

      UMMMM I believe the words you are trying to say in english is 'you're' as in YOU ARE. learn your english.

      January 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. windrider2

    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.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      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

      January 9, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • ?


      January 9, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • saresudog

      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?

      January 9, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • mdgoblue22

      Duhhhhh. They cut the flow!

      January 9, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • coffeebean02

      Why, it just disappeared...just like it disappeared from the Gulf of Mexico...!...Oil has that magic quality about it.

      January 9, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. chris

    Pipes can leak. call a pf.

    January 9, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jim P

    Wonder how big that basement is?

    January 9, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • brillow

      its about the size of the gulf of mexico.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. oneopinion

    bp owns that company and is negligent in it's maintainence. that television show summed it up pretty well.

    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.

    NOW !!!

    time is of the essence.....................................................

    January 9, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • AKAdam

      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!

      January 9, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • balanced understanding

      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.

      January 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    The next excuse to raise oil prices.

    January 9, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Exactly this.

      January 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. oneopinion

    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


    January 9, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • one opinion is crazy

      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.

      January 9, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Bull

      You might need to take 2 asprin & go sleep for a couple of days.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kenneth Krieger

    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

    January 9, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jedi Jah

      .......and so another steamer hits the gene pool. We can only hope you are not breeding. Dont drill her baby, dont drill her!!!

      January 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lisa

    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

    January 9, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Finkelstein

      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***

      January 9, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |


    January 9, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Bull

      Exactly . Before the Cubans drill off FL. Or the Russians drill off Alaska. Drill baby drill .

      January 9, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
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