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. LOW LYF


    January 17, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    hi chrissy. Me too. I liked it a whole lot better when 'Alaska' conjoured visions of polar bear and Denali rather than dense and thickness of it all. Really, my personal view has been downgraded thanks to all the hype!

    January 17, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. AMERICA 1st

    Sarah is the hopes and dreams of all true patriotic Americans that want a great president in 2012!

    January 17, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. AMERHCA 1st

    Alaska is a truely great state! Alaska has given us the next President of the United States of America!

    January 17, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. AMERHCA 1st

    if we cant have Sarah as prez, then i want Frodo Baggins cause hes handsome and photogenic and hes a movie star. thats what the dumbo eared baboon is wanting to be

    January 17, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Oil coming through, excuse me.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lou

    Enough is enough with sarah palin. My god give a break. She doesn't have the smarts nor the looks to be a president.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. WestmontWriter

    More oil is a good thing. I'm sorry but maybe the general consensus will change when gas tops $4 or more a gallon by summer. And that is a very likely reality. Maybe there's hope since Obummer is for offshore drilling. Oh wait, he's against it again, isn't he? Or has he changed his mind back again to the more politically expedient, short sighted view? Gosh darn it. . .so hard to tell where Obummer stands on the issue of producing more oil domestically. When gas hits $5 a gallon as global demand picks up and we see our economy tank – and his re-election rolls around – I'm confident we'll see him change his tune. There's hope yet!

    January 17, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. tomcat

    Philip, you for one would agree that if we put the same amount of money into solar power as we do into big oil, we may get out of the depression that we are in? Maybe the creation of jobs building, supporting and maintaining large solar panel fields would benifit us in the long run. Also see my post about "Global Warming" in the blog about the Philippines. Come on through Cesar, I have moved out of your way. LOL

    January 17, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Tomcat...sure it would do all that and more. But the ride from a 'good idea' to reality in the marketplace is a long and bumpy one. And as we can all see, it's not always the bright ideas that are implemented. Quite the contrary.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bill Blimpton

    I'd like to give that grey matter deprived Sarah Palin some furious helmet action

    January 17, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    @Bill Blimpton...So that's a cross between Bill Clinton and George Plimpton? Odd bedfellows to be sure. In reality, your name would be more like Bill Lewinsky. And your comment would at least make sense to him/her.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. raven

    Well, I brought her up cuz it was relevant to the point I was trying to make ,which is people now relate Alaska with her or oil . Im proud of Alaska and its a drag that as you said ,image has dramatically changed .

    January 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    Boy , it sure is clique-y in here . I dont think it'd matter what i said , some of you are just sittin on go waitin to spring ...

    January 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    Feels like Thanksgiving at my ex-boyfriends house here sometimes .

    January 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
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