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Alaska spill site was fire scene 3 years ago

 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...

A storage tank that spilled crude oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline this week, shutting down the line, was the site of a fire three years ago for which Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. faces fines of more than $500,000.
Alyeska continues to contest the proposed fines for safety violations connected to the fire at Pump Station 9 near Fort Greely about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Fairbanks.
The fire began when a portable heater was placed 15 feet (4.5 meters) from the 55,000-barrel tank. The heater ignited oil vapors.
Tuesday's spill of up to several thousand barrels of crude occurred when backup power failed during a planned shutdown and a vent in the main pipeline opened to prevent high pressure. Oil flowed to the partially filled tank and eventually spilled over into a lined containment area.


Updated : 2021-05-07 01:23 GMT+08:00