March 9, 2006 |
At least 20,000 gallons of crude oil have spilled from a corroded pipeline near Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska, state officials said Wednesday, adding that cleanup crews were hampered by severe conditions such as wind-chill temperatures of 50 degrees below zero. The leak has been plugged, and cleanup crews with giant vacuum trucks known as "super suckers" have been deployed to gather the spilled oil, said Lynda S. Giguere, a spokeswoman for Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation.
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.
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.