March 30, 2013 |
JUNEAU, Alaska - Over most of the last several decades, Alaska's North Slope was America's energy powerhouse. The legendary oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk gushed 2 million barrels a day out of the frozen tundra and down the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The state abolished its income tax and paid its citizens generous annual oil dividends. Then in an alliance with Democrats that enraged the GOP old guard, former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin in 2007 helped push through an unabashedly liberal tax plan that boosted oil production taxes, in some cases up to 350% above 2005 levels.
June 14, 1987 |
May was about to become June and the temperature had soared to nearly 25 degrees above zero. New snow softened the ice sculpture left by winter. The midnight sun was like a shadowy moon behind the clouds, a promise that the wildflowers of summer would soon be here to welcome a tourist season that will be a first in Alaskan history.
August 15, 1991 |
Water expert Dean Mann didn't mince words Wednesday when he told a congressional workshop exactly what he thought of a proposal for an undersea pipeline to bring water from Alaska to parched California. "I think it is really a far-out idea," said Mann, a former staff member of the National Water Commission. "I think the cost is just so extraordinary that I cannot see it happening." Mann joined Alaska Gov. Walter J.
July 8, 2010 |
Facing mounting criticism over cost-cutting, deferred maintenance and a corporate culture that discourages dissent, the beleaguered head of the company that runs the 800-mile-long Trans Alaska Pipeline announced Wednesday that he would retire in September. Kevin Hostler's decision comes as two congressional subcommittees investigate Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s maintenance and safety records, and amid allegations that employees who expressed safety concerns were ignored or even punished.
February 4, 1990 |
Although oil executives once swore that it wouldn't happen, corrosion is eating through critical sections of the 800-mile-long Trans Alaska Pipeline, threatening its structural integrity and forcing an expensive and unprecedented crash program of repairs. Pipeline officials were in Juneau, Alaska, last week to explain a rehabilitation plan that could cost the oil pipeline's operators $1.5 billion and perhaps more over the next five years.
August 10, 2010 |
In 1977, one of the engineering marvels of the modern world made its debut: the trans-Alaska pipeline, 48 inches of steel traversing 800 miles, three mountain ranges and more than 800 rivers and streams. In its heyday in the 1980s, the pipeline carried as much as 2.1 million barrels of oil a day from America's largest oil field at Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez. Alaska was transformed into a petro state with an oil savings account worth $33.3 billion. Today, however, the pipeline is carrying only about 660,000 barrels of oil a day, and production from the North Slope's aging fields is set to steadily decline over the next decade.
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September 2, 1992 |
An appellate court has ruled that a federal cleanup fund of $100 million may be used to help pay damages caused by the devastating 1990 oil spill in Huntington Beach. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court decision that the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Liability Fund may be held liable for the damages from the spill. "This decision will make it easier for people to collect money," said Deputy Atty. Gen.
January 13, 1997 |
Tanker operations returned to normal after three vessels docked at the trans-Alaska pipeline's Valdez marine terminal were cleared of blame for a mysterious oil slick found at the port, officials in Anchorage said. Most of the floating oil had dissipated or been collected by cleanup crews, the operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., said. Examinations by divers and others revealed no cracks or holes in the hulls of the oil tankers.
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July 12, 1986 |
Scores of lightning-caused wildfires that have blackened 360,000 acres of Alaska rangeland burned out of control Friday, officials said. A 64-acre blaze that came within three miles of a Trans Alaska Pipeline System pump station was brought under control earlier, they said.
March 3, 2002 |
A man accused of blasting a gunshot hole in the trans-Alaska pipeline, causing a leak that gushed 285,000 gallons of crude oil, was convicted of a federal weapon charge. Daniel Carson Lewis, 37, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sentencing was set for May 6. Lewis, who prosecutors said had eight prior felony convictions, was accused of firing a hunting rifle at the trans-Alaska oil pipeline Oct. 4.