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. jcinnd

    AK oil reserve and the meager 600,000 BBL of oil that flows out of that pipeline will soon be dwarfed by the oil being produced in ND. I work in the oil indusry in ND and can tell you by mid-summer we will be producing 450,000 BBL per day. There is currently 170 drilling rigs actively drilling the Baaken Formation which will prove to be the largest oil reserve in the world. In five years from now there will be millions of BBL of oil leaving ND every day.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • garyP

      now we just have to build some new refineries so we can handle all of that black gold and get gasoline and diesel prices under control again.

      January 9, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Nunya

      Try googling 'Bakken Formation' and getting accurate information about the potential for that oil field. It has been blown out of proportion for political reasons. Yes, it will add to our domestic production. No it is not a new day dawning for American energy independence.

      Rather than develop technology for more extreme oil extraction and develop more refineries for processing supply that crops up in new places, we need to develop renewable tecnhology and infrastructure. Sinking more money into new refineries now would be like sinking more money into steam powered trains would have been a century ago.

      January 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cesarjfk

    We need to stop buying oil from other countrys and start using our own.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • riding the wave

      So when its gone we can be 100% dependent on foreign sources.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. cesarjfk

    You know what we have enough oil of our own! Why are we still dependent on oil from other countrys?

    January 9, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Karma

      one word: GREED! The United States is the #1 Consumer of natural resources on this planet.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • JR

      It's YOUR fault. If we had gas stations that were supplied 100% by US oil sources, YOU would avoid the $10 / gallon gasoline and go across the street to the station sourced from foreign supplies for $3 / gallon.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Billny

    Shouldn't the great people of CNN be blaming Sarah plain for this?

    January 9, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      Who is Sarah plain,Billny??

      January 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rave

    Everyone knows its personally G. Bushs fault.....

    January 9, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Robert

    You can find a leak on any pipeline on any given day. The sky is not falling you bunch of morons.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. rose

    Here goes the gas prices up again n now were going to pay bp at the pump for the money that they dish out on the gulf

    January 9, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jerry

    This is approximately 2% of the US daily consumption/usage. While the reduction will not have any effect in the short term, as the economy recovers it will have a detrimental effect since current supply worldwide is barely larger than world demand. Oil prices will follow the laws of supply and demand. Remember that someone else may want it badly enough to pay more for it – and these companies are in it for profit.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. LEMomma

    Pipes leak. Oil is dirty and dangerous. Let's not forget that for a second. Push and fight for cleaner alternatives.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Woody

    It's time to move away from oil. Three steps I took was live in the city close to things, bought a bicycle, and drive a hybrid that gets 40 mpg.

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

      Big oil companies run the US government. Why do you think the prices started to rise after the elections.With 9.4% of our people out of work , shouldn't there be a glut of oil / gas. These people arn't going out for joy rides . The answer is greed . Bikes & solar are feel good measures that simply don't work to save anything.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. tracy

    the way i solved the gas problem for my me and my family......i grow my own smoke and brew my own drink....never leave have to leave home again

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

      so whats your address? maybe you can show me and my friends how its done. we'll stop by really late at night just leave the door unlocked. thanks

      January 9, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    This pipeline stretches from Prudhoe Bay all the way to Valdez, and much of it was built on 'permafrost', land that remains frozen all year and has been a solid foundation for decades. Now it's getting warmer and melting this foundation. I can't see this pipeline still standing for more than a few more years. /// And the price of gas was going up before this happened. Besides, the price we pay at the pump isn't based on supply and demand, like say coffee and orange juice are. Speaking of which...He-he

    January 9, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. MrWilliam

    I'd love to find oil in my basement.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. scruplesrx

    Can wind and solar produce the following..Ammonia, Anesthetics, Antihistamines, Artificial limbs, Artificial Turf, Antiseptics, Aspirin, Auto Parts, Awnings, Balloons, Ballpoint pens, Bandages, Beach Umbrellas, Boats, Cameras, Candles, Car Battery Cases, Carpets, Caulking, Combs, Cortisones, Cosmetics, Crayons, Credit Cards, Curtains, Deodorants, Detergents, Dice, Disposable Diapers, Dolls, Dyes, Eye Glasses, Electrical Wiring Insulation, Faucet Washers, Fishing Rods, Fishing Line, Fishing Lures, Food Preservatives, Food Packaging, Garden Hose, Glue, Hair Coloring, Hair Curlers, Hand Lotion, Hearing Aids, Heart Valves, Ink, Insect Repellant, Insecticides, Linoleum, Lip Stick, Medicine. Milk Jugs, Nail Polish, Oil Filters, Panty Hose, Perfume, Petroleum Jelly, Rubber Cement, Rubbing Alcohol, Shampoo, Shaving Cream, Shoes, Toothpaste, Trash Bags, Upholstery, Vitamin Capsules, Water Pipes, Yarn.

    These product and more come from oil.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • RightWingMark

      You are too logical Scruples. Lefties cant deal with logic – in fact, when faced with logic it just enrages them and they run away babbling something about GW.

      January 9, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • fed 123

      When you talk 'logic' mkost gobpers have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. 95% of them are just complete idiots.

      January 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      You are too narrow-minded! If we use alternative energy for heat and transportation, there will be more oil for the things you listed.

      January 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Thomas

    Drill Baby Drill !!! I need that oil for my H2 Hummer and boat !!!!

    January 9, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
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