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..

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  1. Philip

    @Karma...how is that made possible? I mean, how is it that the earth produces about 5 times the food we need, yet solvent nations starve, and nations in debt struggle w/obesity. Who makes this possible?

    January 9, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    @Tracy...where?

    January 9, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Greg

    If any of us really cared; we'd do more than blog in response. "THEY" are not the idiots, WE ARE. Who is worse, the man who robs the bank....or the people who watch and do nothing? Get off your couch and into the game.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. knucklehead

    i can't even believe this is news. A contained leak (probably a drip) that has no environmental impact. Its just the typical frenzy to get the bunny huggers spun up and raise our oil prices.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Veritas

    Another environmental disaster under Obama. He also is the one that approved the Deep Horizon drilling site. What a disappointment he has been I thought he would be more pro-environment.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • RightWingMark

      I agree – lets make him a 1 term president

      January 9, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      ...and he told them to use sub-standard materials and not use the correct blow out preventer! He's up there cutting holes in the pipeline, too!!!
      Get real stupids!!!

      January 9, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    The world's Central Bank's, not the world's governments decide what country is allowed to go in debt and what country must remain solvent. The Federal Reserve is not a branch of our government, and does not really answer to Uncle Sam. Their big boss is the B.I.S., the Bank for International settlement's.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @Veritas...it's not Obama's fault that the permafrost much of this pipleine is built on is melting.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. knucklehead

    @B§ I worked at Alyeska for 10 years. Even though they are owned by Exxon, BP, Conoco Phillips, etc.... we did not report to them Alyeska Pipeline Service Company is really only funded by the owner groups. Alyeska has a remarkable maintenance program and highly skilled employees that run it. They also have one of the best trained and equipped spill response teams in the world. So your comment is based on speculation and ignorance. Try to find out some actual and accurate information before you accuse.

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

    Permafrost is the foundation much of this pipeline sits on. As it melts, the pipeline has problems. At the rate the earth is warming, I give this pipeline another 10 yrs. at best before it's useless.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. EyeH8Obama

    95% is NOT a fraction, that's nearly the whole freakin' flow!

    January 9, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nick

    Everybody should be driving electric by 2015. Get on it!

    January 9, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Eric

    Watch crude oil prices, the numbers are the illustration, it is to protect the Saudi's and the oil companies. 80 dollars a barrel was the limit the Saudi's wanted, they bring it out of the ground at 5. We sit above 80. The excuses the oil companies use are the same they have spouted since 1972. But the rising price will damage our economy and cost jobs raise prices. But business as usual for the politicians who accept lobbyist money from he highest bidder and where corporations can use their money to act as individuals (thanks to the conservatives).

    January 9, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    @Mark...the way we produce electricity using nuclear energy is too dangerous, and nobody wants nuclear waste in their own back yard.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. jcinnd

    Oil companies here in ND are on the leading edge of enviro-friendly drilling and production. I have been working wells here for a couple of years now and can tell you first hand that while hydro-carbons and other production fluids can and do make for potential enviro-hazzard the odds of a large disaster are relitively low. For all of you against the drilling and production of domestic oil over these concerns, please do your research and note that revenue from oil extraction and production taxes will exceed $530 million this year and may reach $1 billion after next year (figures for 2009). Now that figure is just for the state of ND and doesn't incude the Fed tax. As more oil is produced the money brought into the state goes up. Anybody looking forwork could get a job here in a day. Conveince stores are paying $14 an hour!!!! If we were to just stop domestic production of oil and natural gas our stalled economy would be officially dead.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Our economy does NOT depend on domestic oil and NG. It depends on the Federal Reserve allowing US to be in debt. The Fed spent about 3 times the amount Congress spent bailing out huge corporations. example: the Fed owns the 'Crossroad's Mall' in I believe it's Norman, Oklahoma. And the Fed own's most of Harley-Davidson.

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