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. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    Bottom line is this Country needs oil to survive,conserve as much as possible in our daily lives,
    Conserving can also save you money.Unfortunitly anything mechanical like a pipline can breakdown,that is why Oil Companies hire Maintence people to maintain them.

    January 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. preacher

    ok I read each post on here !!!!!
    do any of you remember the gas wars????
    do any of you remember all the oil rigs being stacked up in the 80s ????
    same reason as the high gas prices now!!
    corperate profit allowed by free enterprize!! wealth can be gained by looking say at king solomon!!
    wealth can be lost say by looking at king david !!!!!
    just my thought

    January 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. STL Mike

    Sounds like

    January 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. STL Mike

    Sounds like another excuse tor the oil companies to raise prices, they only made 20 billion last quarter.........

    January 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    There are two basic types of nuclear powerplants. The military model, and the civilian model. The one designed by civilians uses nuclear fuel pellets encased in a protective coating, making a 'meltdown' impossible. The other older model was designed by the military and uses fuel rods. They can and have have 'melted-down'. One is made in China, and the other isn't. Guess which one we use.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Genius

    Anything that is unsustainable will eventually stop happening. We all know that our use of oil is unsustainable. It will stop happening. Will we allow it to stop by itself resulting in an unthinkable crisis? Or will we transition to other forms of energy and stop it ourselves?

    January 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Now if they were available at Wal-Mart, they would be made of plastic and would probably just melt.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Many of our nuclear powerplants were built by Brown&Root, an outfit founded by the Brown brother's in Texas. They built roads back then, nearly 100 yrs. ago. They made a lot of money, and started donating it to a certain politician, who got elected. Then the Brown's were awarded a big dam building contract by the gov., on the Colorado River in Texas. (more)

    January 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    ...in 1962, Brown&Root was aquired by Halliburton, who also aquired the services of that certain politician, who was now a Congressman. (he might have just been a senator, I can't recall exactly) Brown&Root was awarded huge gov. contracts during the viet-Nam war. People protesting the war used to call the Brown & Loot, and not all of them were hippies. The certain politician became President of the United states of America, and nuclear powerplant construction began in full swing, lasting for decades. (more)

    January 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    ...in the early 2000s, China began making pre-fabricated nuclear powerplants at about 1/2 the cost Halliburton/Brown&Loot could. So they went into the highly technical business of feeding troops, laundry services, even building basketball courts. Oh, and debris removal. Halliburton dumped B&R in 2007 to an outfit in Birmingham, Alabama for about 500 million dollars. I don't think this new outfit builds nuclear plants anymore either. (he he) If your wondering how we can't even compete with China making highly advanced stuff and not just plastic stuff, scroll up a few notches and look for my other posts. Thank you for lending me your proverbial ear.

    January 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip (conclusion)

    Most of you associate Halliburton with some famous Republicans. But that 'certain politician' mentioned above was LBJ, a democrat. This is when it started becoming apparent that the Democrat Donkey and the Republican Elephant were getting together. The new creature born from this union has a Donkey's front part's and an Elephant's hind end. It still goes around like a retarded 12 yr. old with a shotgun, but now it's huge hind-end runs over it's own front end causing the beast to fall down in it's own luxuriant dung. And now it's breath smells like tea. Tea that hasn't been brewed, yet.

    January 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    @DPS...who do you think developed thos OPEC nations oilfields before there was even such a thing as OPEC. Yep, you got it, America's huge oil corporations. THEN OPEC was hatched. Who do you think OPEC is beholding to in reality?

    January 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Every drop of OPEC oil sold to the world market is sold using US dollars. Whose idea was that? OPECS? Like the King of Saudi Arabia would only take US dollars even if his customers wanted to pay using their own currency. This alone should let you know who really control's OPEC prices, unless you are very dim.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    In reality, todays OPECs prices and volume limits are set at just the right amount so that OPEC can't produce enough oil to add China as a customer. This causes the fastest growing economy in the world to fuel their growing thirst for oil from the Caspian Sea Basin reserves, the mineral rights of the entire basin being owned by the Carlyle Group. A group founded by former politicians, not to mention 26 members of the Bin Laden family among their ranks. (for more on how china get's their oil and how much they pay for it, I wrote a lengthy piece above the lengthy piece I wrote about nuclear power) he-he

    January 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ter

    There are occasional minor leaks throughout its history. This one was inside a building. WOW, newsworthy?? Jump on it greenies.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
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