Oil to flow again through Trans Alaska pipeline
January 17th, 2011
02:07 AM ET

Oil to flow again through Trans Alaska pipeline

The Trans Alaska pipeline is expected to return to full service this week after a leak near Prudhoe Bay brought the flow of oil to a stop this month, a company spokeswoman said.

"We are in the final stages of the bypass line," said Alyeska Pipeline Service Company spokeswoman Megan Egan.

The 800-mile line was shut down January 8 when a leak was found during an inspection of a pump house. The pipeline was then reopened from January 11-15 to flush remaining oil from the line.

When the pumping resumes, the flow will start at about 500,000 barrels of oil a day - about three-quarters of normal flow - and then move to its full capacity, Egan said.

The pipeline's daily average output is about 642,000 barrels, according to the company website.

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  1. Scotty

    I'll give you Lefties a chance here to try and defend the current administration on this ; After much campainging and promises of becoming independant of foriegn oil we have in the past two years started at least 2 major solar power panel plants and too many to count wind farms, so the question is why haven't we started a new oil refinerry, drilling shale oil in the mid west, drilling in anwar, or a nuclear plant or two to reduce our demand from saudi, like your great one promised. If you can't come up with a good answer here's a hint ; the former are all government controlled, the latter are all indepentantly controlled. And prices are going up again. Oh and how about all the screaming about wall street speculation oversight, really got that one under control didn't he. Keep spewing sheep. Someday you'll have no freedom at all.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    I think the first step is opening ANWR and tapping the resources we have . Im all for taking care of the environment and not leaving a footprint but the environmentalists are hindering progress on the slope which has so many sites where they KNOW oil exists . Its not as if research in other energy sources will just stop if they drill.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scotty

    I completly agree Raven. Just because we do one thing doesn't mean the other will stop. We could greatly reduce our dependance while developing new sources. But alas, we seem stuck in our divide. I just don't understand why starting a solar panel plant is considered good for the economy and jobs, but building a new refinery in the south western desert is an enviromental disaster.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
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