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. kds562

    Maybe the leak was caused by one of Palin's missed shots

    January 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. anon

    That 5% leaking out equates to about 80 gallons a minute spilling out. I don't know about you but that sounds like a hell of a lot of oil.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sherri W.W.#1~ ILLinois

    @DumbButNotDumbest~~No,Pres.Obama is not a God.However,he is a really good and brilliant man who really cares about what happens to all of us,from the poor and middle class,and then others too. He is sure the best we are going to get in the next few years,and as you can see,the Repubs have no plan for jobs because they know,like the President does,that it will take lots work[they arent too much into that]and time,and $,for our economy to build up.And,anybody who thinks the Repuobs hv a plan to replace the HCare,if they tear it down~I got a big bridge I will sell you! So,yes I do think our President is our best hope right now,and that we sure do not want or need a Repub Pres.right now,so the not wealthy,which is nearly all of us ,gets completely thrown in the dust bin! Believe me,the President wants a good and sane world for his own 2 little girls.~And,for anyone who cant see this because of his color[which does not matter a whit] sorry but that position isnt even reasonable in the 1st place,and in the 2nd place,especially considering he is absolutely just as white as he is black~I hv always thought that was a nuts argument,but then my parents had a wonderful housekeeper[black~Mrs Sims was her name]who helped raise me,and I loved her.My Dad said to me"that lady there[Mrs Sims]is ever bit as good as anyone you will ever know in yr lifetime~dont ever forget it",and I have not forgotten!

    January 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • fed 123

      I, too, hail from Illinois. I went to a high school that was about 96% White. Funny, but the 1st black that I ever saw there was a basketball player named Jesse White! He's now our Secty of State. I've served with Blacks in the army; I've worked with Blacks in the fed govt and a state govt. I have voted for Blacks (Barack Obama for one, even though he's only 1/2 black) In 2012 I will vote for Pres Obama again.
      The explosion at the power station and subsequent fires inside the remains of the reactor provoked a radioactive cloud which drifted not only over Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, but also over the European part of Turkey, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Estonia, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Ireland, France (including Corsica[4]), Canada[5] and the United Kingdom (UK).[6][7] In fact, the initial evidence in other countries that a major exhaust of radioactive material had occurred came not from Soviet sources, but from Sweden, where on April 27 workers at the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant (approximately 1100 km from the Chernobyl site) were found to have radioactive particles on their clothes. It was Sweden's search for the source of radioactivity, after they had determined there was no leak at the Swedish plant, that led to the first hint of a serious nuclear problem in the Western Soviet Union. In France, the government then claimed that the radioactive cloud had stopped at the Italian border. Therefore, while some kinds of food (mushrooms in particular) were prohibited in Italy because of radioactivity, the French authorities took no such measures, in an attempt to appease the population's fears (see below).

      January 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sludster

    No one ever meant that wind and solar will totally replace fossil fuels, so don't beat that drum for me. But solar and wind can immediately augment our electrical energy supply indefinitely. I have 15 grid tied solar panels which supply half of my electric energy needs. I use 50% less fossil fuel than those of you who "claim" that alternate energy alternatives do not work. It's time to leave the "nay sayers" with their heads up their butts and individually move forward with the clean energy technologies that are feasible and available. Wind farms and solar panels are beautiful compared to a dead planet.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      I agree ....it's a start.
      Kudos to you for your efforts!

      January 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      Also, more insulation.

      January 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @dum dum...this idea that we humans are using up all the oil and NG that took eons for the earth to produce is hogwash. This lie is told to you by the same people telling you that we humans cause global warming. Trees give off more heat than we do. Even insects make more heat than we do. They lie and say pollution keeps the heat in. Hogwash, our atmosphere keeps the heat in as always. Pollution makes shade so water doesn't evaporate like it should This makes what would have been a natural gentle change in our weather into a violent one. Nothing can stop the earth from becoming a paradise again. And there is plenty of oil and NG to last forever, especially once this earth is rid of those liars mentioned above, and the warmongering murderers who believe them.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      Philip....I am hoping that is sarcasm!!!

      January 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    I will bbl to take in personal attacks and address any reasonable questions. Thank you.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nick-o

    Maybe Palin will suck all that oil up with her big pie hole!!! Spill, baby, spill!

    January 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @ThomasD...thank you for hearing me out, again. (smile) @Sherri...thanx for toning it down. (grin)

    January 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Schmedley

    Wind and solar does not adequately address energy needs for transportation, i.e. cars and trucks. Don't even try the mass transit argument, because it won't work here in the US. Plus, wind and solar have two very big issues: They are not reliable. If there is no wind, or it is a cloudy day, your energy generation just dropped to the floor. At times of high generation, there is no way to store it.

    Electric cars still have a loooooong way to go because 1) they are still toys for the affluent, 2) batteries are environmentally unfriendly and provide limited range due to cost and reliability.

    So, absolutely keep pushing for development of alternate energy sources, but don't delude yourselves into thinking it will be viable anytime in the next generation or two.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • fed 123

      The explosion at the power station and subsequent fires inside the remains of the reactor provoked a radioactive cloud which drifted not only over Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, but also over the European part of Turkey, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Estonia, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Ireland, France (including Corsica[4]), Canada[5] and the United Kingdom (UK).[6][7] In fact, the initial evidence in other countries that a major exhaust of radioactive material had occurred came not from Soviet sources, but from Sweden, where on April 27 workers at the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant (approximately 1100 km from the Chernobyl site) were found to have radioactive particles on their clothes. It was Sweden's search for the source of radioactivity, after they had determined there was no leak at the Swedish plant, that led to the first hint of a serious nuclear problem in the Western Soviet Union. In France, the government then claimed that the radioactive cloud had stopped at the Italian border. Therefore, while some kinds of food (mushrooms in particular) were prohibited in Italy because of radioactivity, the French authorities took no such measures, in an attempt to appease the population's fears (see below).

      January 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CeeFoR

    The first leak of the year and it's not from WikiLeaks!

    January 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joshua Ludd

    Drill, Baby! Drill!
    Spill, Baby! Spill!
    Kill, Baby! Kill!... all the wildlife in the area, and anything that survives you can hunt from a helicopter!

    January 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Theresa

      Yeah, remember that as you try to keep warm around a campfire of your own burning excrement, eating tofu.

      January 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JasonB

      Theresa, everyone knows we currently need oil to live the lives we lead today. But do you really have to be so callus about actually caring about the well being of our planet. Sustainability is important if human being want to continue living on Earth.

      January 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. joe

    People, try to understand what you read! Please... A leak was found on the pipeline resulting in some oil in the basement of the pumping station. Thye closed down the flow by 95% to reduce the presure and avoid more spill while they work on fixing iit. They could have decided to cut it down completely but it was not necessary. The 95% otf the oil is not leaking out, it is waiting at the point of origin for the repairs to be completed. This is not anything out of the ordinary and hardly needed to make a news story and upset the people that are always expecting the worse and don't understand facts.

    January 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • woodwork

      First of all the article is really incomplete and deficient. It is also confusing. I agree with you that they should not quickly publish something that they don't even understand and explain. BUT it is important and it should be reported . You can't hide these leaks it is very dangerous.

      January 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobbie

      Yeah, extremely dangerous! A little bit of oil that has spilled in the basement of one of the pump stations. That's really going to affect the local wildlife. Wait... No it won't.

      January 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrassTacks

      Shut it Bobbie! Are you a girl or a boy? That -ie ending of your name would suggest that you are a girl, named Bobbie, That's really neat...

      January 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      It is a major story, but not for the reason that many think. Most of the west coast oil refineries have become depend on Alaskan crude (ANS) because it has low sulfur content. This could raise the price of all grades of crude and also affect gasoline prices on the west coast because some of the refineries may have to cut back due to sulfur limits. It all depends on the duration. Most refineries have several weeks to months of inventory.

      January 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joe

    People, try to understand what you read! Please... A leak was found on the pipeline resulting in some oil in the basement of the pumping station. Thye closed down the flow by 95% to reduce the presure and avoid more spill while they work on fixing iit. They could have decided to cut it down completely but it was not necessary. The 95% otf the oil is not leaking out, it is waiting at the point of origin for the repairs to be completed. This is not anything out of the ordinary and hardly needed to make a news story and upset the people that are always expecting the worse and don't understand facts.

    January 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fed 123

    The 14th amendment should be enforced to the letter of the letter of the law. NO EXCEPTIONS. Child born here is a U.S. citizen.......PERIOD!

    January 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. We All just Take It

    Has anyone sat and figured out that it means over 600 000 barrels of oil, at least, have spilled and it only gets a little blurb in the news?! I guess I shouldn't be surprised, the BP spill no longer gets coverage so that means there is nothing to worry about there anymore either, right?

    January 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Where on Earth did you get that figure from? It doesn't say a full day's worth of oil was found to have leaked into the basement, (which, I'm sure, couldn't HOLD that much!,) just that there was SOME leaked oil. Liberal math??? I guess that Liberal education of yours taught you how to read the words but left out the "comprehension" portion of the lessons.

      January 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrassTacks

      Jerry, why did you have to bring stupid politics into the forum? To make yourself seem like a stupid fool? Well, you succeeded JerryTool. I was enjoying the humor in your post and then you showed yourself to be just another lemming and utter fool talking about liberals or whatever has nothing to do with the article. I'm not a liberal, but when people don't have any class and argue in the gutter like you, you show yourself to be nothing more than a fool, regardless or your political party.

      January 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
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