posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 01:45 AM
Just thought I would give my take about this since I live in Fairbanks and my company does work on all the military installations here in the
For starters, there WAS a big oil spill that took place up here at the pipeline pump station located just South of of Fort Greely but that was on May
25th. That Tuesday while I was at work I clicked on a Fox News video link to coverage on the BP spill in the Gulf. I work on Fort Wainwright here in
Fairbanks and was checking out the news while taking a break. Suddenly they were talking about this big oil spill in Alaska, mentioned Fort greely
and I was shocked. Noone I worked with had any idea it was going on.
Little did we know the actual spill apparently took place the night before (or at least very early morning of that Tuesday). The short story that I
heard was that a test was being conducted and a circuit failed to operate a shutoff valve of the system (the valves open to release pressure when
presure reaches a certain level within the pipeline). The holding tank filled up, overflowed into the containment area, all the workers had to be
The spill was contained but it certainly doesn't make BP look good with all the stuff that was -and still is- going on in the gulf. The amount
estimated spilled at pump station #9 was 5,000 barrels which in a way is ironic seeing as BP continues to return to that figure for everything.
Remember the 5,000 barrel a day leak figure in the gulf that was proven completely inaccurate?
I heard that there was originally talk of evacuating Fort Greely altogether and possibly Delta Junction. I don't think that ever happened.
Then I went on Vacation for Memorial day weekend and was eager to see what activity was going on to respond to the spill (if any) since we drove right
by on our way to Valdez. Turned out the response was pretty sizable. There was a gigantic gravel-pit looking area on the right(West) side of the
Richardson Highway that was being used as a huge staging area. There were probably 40-50 vehicles parked there just that I could see. Further down
the road on the left was a sign saying something like "Oil Spill Response Site" and there was a flurry of activity. The entire pipeline was shut
down because of the accident so everyone was in quite a hurry to get it back up and running.
Still not sure if the pipeline is back up and running yet but I imagine so.