watch out for a resergence of the carbon tax
it has been said if the us stops drilling the internal price of oil will sky rocket and cap the economy
I also found this:
watch out for the prices to fly straight UP
Pipeline shut down after contained spill at Pump Station 9
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – During a scheduled testing of the fire command system at Pump Station 9 today, the station experienced a power failure at
approximately 10:20 a.m., resulting in the tank relief valves opening as they are designed to do. Subsequently, Tank 190 overflowed and crude oil was
released to secondary containment. This occurred as Alyeska was conducting fire command and valve leak testing at the pump station, located near Delta
Junction, during a planned pipeline shutdown.
There were no injuries and personnel have been evacuated. The pipeline is currently shut down and the North Slope Producers have been prorated to 16
percent. An Incident Management Team has been activated to manage the situation. Alyeska estimates that the potential spill volume to containment is
up to several thousand barrels. The containment area has a capacity of 104,500 barrels. Additional spill response crews and equipment are en route.
More information will be provided when available.
For more information on Alyeska, visit the company’s website at www.alyeska-pipe.com.
Source: Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
Pipeline Quick Facts
The Trans Alaska Pipeline System was designed and constructed to move oil from the North Slope of Alaska to the northern most ice-free port in Valdez,
Length: 800 miles.
Diameter: 48 inches.
Crosses three mountain ranges and over 800 rivers and streams.
Cost to build: $8 billion in 1977, largest privately funded construction project at that time.
Construction began on March 27, 1975 and was completed on May 31, 1977.
First oil moved through the pipeline on June 20, 1977.
Over 15 billion barrels have moved through the Trans Alaska Pipeline System.
First tanker to carry crude oil from Valdez: ARCO Juneau, August 1, 1977.
Tankers loaded at Valdez: 19,625 through April 30, 2008.
Storage tanks in Valdez - 18 with total storage capacity of 9.1 million barrels total.
The mission of Alyeska’s Ship Escort Response Vessel System is to safely escort tankers through Prince William Sound.
Last updated May 28, 2010
ith the Gulf Coast dying of oil poisoning, there's no space in the press for British Petroleum's latest spill, just this week: over 100,000 gallons,
at its Alaska pipeline operation. A hundred thousand used to be a lot. Still is.
On Tuesday, Pump Station 9, at Delta Junction on the 800-mile pipeline, busted. Thousands of barrels began spewing an explosive cocktail of
hydrocarbons after "procedures weren't properly implemented" by BP operators, say state inspectors. "Procedures weren't properly implemented"
is, it seems, BP's company motto.
Even then, a courageous, steel-eyed government inspector, Dan Lawn, was hollering about corrosion all through the BP pipeline. I say "courageous"
because Lawn kept his job only because his union's lawyers have kept BP from having his head.
It wasn't until 2006, 17 years later, that BP claimed to have suddenly discovered corrosion necessitating an emergency shut-down of the line.
[edit on 11-6-2010 by Danbones]
[edit on 11-6-2010 by Danbones]