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Crews working to get Alaska pipeline flowing again

 This Tuesday, May 25, 2010 photo released by Alaska's Division of Spill Prevention and Response shows an oil spill and its containment at a pump stat...
 This Tuesday, May 25, 2010 photo released by Alaska's Division of Spill Prevention and Response shows an oil spill and its containment at a pump stat...

Trans Alaska Pipeline Oil Spill

This Tuesday, May 25, 2010 photo released by Alaska's Division of Spill Prevention and Response shows an oil spill and its containment at a pump stat...

Trans Alaska Pipeline Oil Spill

This Tuesday, May 25, 2010 photo released by Alaska's Division of Spill Prevention and Response shows an oil spill and its containment at a pump stat...

The operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline is assessing how to safely remove crude oil from a damaged storage tank and restart the pipeline after a spill.
Up to several thousand barrels of crude oil spilled Tuesday during a scheduled shutdown at a pump station about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Fairbanks. The spilled oil is designed to flow into a storage tank, but the tank overflowed, and oil poured into an outdoor containment area.
Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. has kept power shut off to avoid igniting volatile fumes.
Michele Egan, a spokeswoman for Alyeska, said Wednesday she can't predict when the pipeline might be restarted.
The 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) pipeline carries crude oil from Prudhoe Bay to tankers in Valdez, which deliver it to refineries. Last month, it moved an average of about 645,000 barrels a day.


Updated : 2021-04-15 09:03 GMT+08:00