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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soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. knucklehead

    @ EyeH8Obama. ... That is how much they reduced the flow. You don't want to maintain a high flow rate when you have a leak or are trying to fix one.... Good grief (rolls eyes)

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

    So......No problem.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. palintwit

    A weeks worth of John McCain's grampy diapers could have been used to plug that leak in a hurry. It's what they used to plug the Gulf leak.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    We usually pay around 80 bucks for 42 gallons of crude oil. China produces roughly 53% of their own oil, and pays about 27 dollars per bbl. for crude oil purchased from Carlyle Group subsidiaries who own the mineral rights of the Caspian Sea basin, home to about 60% of the world's proven hydrocarbon reserves. China-mart can sell you cheap plastic stuff because China pays less for oil.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Interestingly, Afghanistan and Iran are in the way of this Caspian Basin oil from reaching China.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    I didn't mention Iraq being in the way. I figured you already knew about that one.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. benny

    They should have daliy insp. To prevent from this too happen

    January 9, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    And to be fair, China does purchase some oil from Russia too.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. palintwit

    You can take the trash out of the trailer, but you can never take the trailer out of the trash --> Sarah Palin

    January 9, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. the truth

    wind and solar are such a WASTE OF MONEY! BILLIONS OF TAXPAYERS DOLLARS WENT TO WASTE! just ask those residents who have installed $$$ solar power systems. they have spent more to install and maintain the system than it would have cost them to use their electricity and gas for 3 lifetimes.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • spike

      not true. i know people who reduced their usage by 3/4. I'd love to pay 1/4 what i'm paying now. What sucks is the initial cost, but a year or two ago the gov't had a huge tax break for people who buy into it.

      January 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. planet2010

    This is another way to push up the price of fuel. Look back ..historical records indicate every piece of bad news comes out now to justify pushing up the price at the pump...you watch we will see all kinds of propaganda from big oil now.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    @Sherri...please stop yelling. I'm already deaf in one ear. he-he

    January 9, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike oil

    You cant fly an F 18 on solar or nuclear. Other countries would love to take advantage of our tree hugging sprit over independence from foreign countries.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • nick-o

      oh, that's your entire argument against renewable energy. You're an idiot

      January 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Take out your world map. Notice that sliver of Afghanistan that borders China? As China's economy grows, their thirst for Caspian Basin oil grows. In the near future, that sliver of land will not have enough room for all the pipelines. Now look at Iran's border w/China. Plenty of room. Now you know the real reason Iran must fall. It's pure geography.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ed Bailey

    Sure it is more expensive you greedy bloak,but you grandkids will live BETTER!

    January 9, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
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