April 15, 2010 |
The pavement ends 70 miles north of Fairbanks. From there, it's 414 miles of gravel, ice and blowing snow to Deadhorse, where what's left of the North American continent lies down along the rough peaks of the Arctic ice pack. It has been called the greatest road trip in the world. John Thomas has driven it 2,990 times, give or take a few. He's driven it at speed, with his big, 475-horsepower Kenworth straining the limit. He's driven it at 5 mph, when the snow was blowing so thick he had to crack open the door to see the edge of the road.
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.
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.
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.
November 24, 1987 |
Ten years ago, the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline carried its first barrel of oil from these frozen wastelands of the far north to the ice-free port of Valdez, 800 miles south. It was a journey that would transform Alaska into the Texas of the Arctic.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.