March 2011, Vol. 238 No. 3

In The News

PHMSA Calls For Major Work On Trans-Alaska Pipeline

Federal pipeline regulators want the trans-Alaska pipeline operator begin major work to make the 33-year-old, 800-mile line less susceptible to accidents as the amount of oil flowing through it declines, according to an AP report on Feb. 14. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s proposed actions last month were led by its ongoing probe of the oil spill and emergency shutdowns of the pipeline in January. A cement-encased, buried pipe was discovered leaking into a basement at Pump Station 1, near Prudhoe Bay, on Jan. 8. The agency is concerned that Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. can’t check part of the pipeline system for corrosion and that it tak

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