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Posted: 3/11/2006 3:34:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/11/2006 3:35:12 AM EDT by 95thFoot]
Here we go again....

Alaska hit by 'massive' oil spill
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The spill covers two acres of the snow-covered tundra

An oil spill discovered at Prudhoe Bay field is the largest ever on Alaska's North Slope region, US officials say.
They estimate that up to 267,000 gallons (one million litres) of crude leaked from a corroded transit pipeline at the state's northern tip.

The spill was detected on 2 March and plugged. Local environmentalists have described it as "a catastrophe".

In 1989, the Exxon Valdez shipping disaster spilled 11m gallons (42m litres) of oil onto the Alaskan coast.

'Painful reminder'

"I can confirm it's the largest spill of crude oil on the North Slope that we have record of," Linda Giguere from Alaska's state department of environmental conservation was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.


The estimate is based on a survey conducted several days ago at the site where the leak was discovered, officials say.

The spill covers about two acres (one hectare) of the snow-covered tundra in the sparsely-populated region on Alaska's north coast, some 1,040km (650 miles) north of the state's biggest city, Anchorage.

The source of the spill was a hole caused by internal corrosion in the pipeline, officials say. It remains unclear when the leak started.

Environmentalists from Alaska Wilderness League said the spill was "a catastrophe for the environment".

They said it was "a painful reminder of the reality of unchecked oil and gas development across Alaska's North Slope".

They also urged lawmakers to shelve a Republican-led project to allow drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

Supporters of drilling in Alaska say it offers an alternative source of energy to the Middle East and so would improve national security.

Opponents warn oil exploration would harm a pristine wilderness and endanger a key habitat for migratory birds, polar bears, caribou and other animals.

1989 disaster

Alaska's worst-ever oil spill happened on 24 March 1989.


The 1989 spill devastated miles of Alaskan coastline and wildlife

The Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground in Prince Edward Sound, near Anchorage, contaminating around 1,300 miles (2,080km) of coastline.

Its captain, Joseph Hazelwood, admitted drinking vodka before boarding the vessel, but was subsequently acquitted of operating a ship while intoxicated.

The spill killed an estimated 250,000 seabirds, 2,800 sea otters, 300 seals, 250 bald eagles, up to 22 Orca or killer whales, and an unknown number of salmon and herring.

In 2004, a federal judge in Alaska ordered Exxon to pay $6.75bn (£3.9bn) in damages and interest in relation to the spill.




Link Posted: 3/11/2006 3:46:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/11/2006 3:48:36 AM EDT by voilsb]
I hate to sound callous, or anything, but I haven't gotten a lot of sleep tonight ....



"Environmentalists say ..." a lot of things, most of which are grossly exaggerated.

The '89 spill: A lot farther south, more prominant shores, more critters, more people, more eyes. 11,000,000 (11.000 million) gallons of oil.

This spill: practically at the North Pole, less critters, less important shores, *way* farther from people, less eyes. 267,000 (00.267 million) gallons of oil.


Overall: not a big deal.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 3:48:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/11/2006 3:52:15 AM EDT by raven]
Big by Alaska slope standards, yes. You have no idea how careful they are up there. If a truck stands still on a gravel pad, you're supposed to put a little kiddie pool under the engine to catch any oil it may leak. If you're responsible for some kind of spill, no matter how minor, even if it's crankcase oil. kiss your job goodbye.

When some drunk indian hunter shot the pipeline with his .338 win mag in October 2001 was much worse.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 4:03:45 AM EDT
THE SKY IS FALLING. THE SKY IS FALLING. RUN FOR THE HILLS. GLOBAL WARMING IS CORRODING THE PIPELINES AND IT'S ALL GEORGE BUSH'S FAULT. AAAAAAAHHHHH....
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 4:06:52 AM EDT
Quick...raise the price of gasoline.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 4:07:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By gardenWeasel:
Quick...raise the price of gasoline.


Heheheh. No sh*t. Just give 'em a minute, they will.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 4:09:12 AM EDT
This is a catasrophe! Think of all that snow that was ruined!!
BAN DRILLING!! DO IT FOR THE SNOW!!!
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 4:22:28 AM EDT
The Exxon Valdez spill was "healed" a lot sooner and thouroghly than many thought
would happen.

They will clean this one up, someone will sue and the earth will heal.


GM
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 4:41:30 AM EDT
So... how hard can it be to clean up oil that is laying on top of ice?
It didn't make it to water, did it?

Link Posted: 3/11/2006 4:42:23 AM EDT
This is Bush's fault.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 4:43:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By slaughter:
This is Bush's fault.

Link Posted: 3/11/2006 4:45:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By slaughter:
This is Bush's fault.


And Halliburton's, too.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 4:46:08 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 4:49:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:

Originally Posted By slaughter:
This is Bush's fault.


And Halliburton's, too.



Lies I tell you!
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 5:06:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By slaughter:
This is Bush's fault.



slaughter
Member
Join­ed :: December 2005
Post Number :: 156



Hey noob, use or someone else will use this for you...
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 7:50:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pale_pony:

Originally Posted By slaughter:
This is Bush's fault.



slaughter
Member
Join­ed :: December 2005
Post Number :: 156



Hey noob, use or someone else will use this for you...



He's a troll...he says trollish crap like that in all his posts.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:18:37 AM EDT
Anybody ever notice how when Oil prices start to drop, something "BIG" always seems to happen "Accidently" and it goes back up?

Planned "Accidents" naw!! Go back to sleep, wake up when the fleecing is done.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:20:41 AM EDT
Its on snow is it not? It should not be that hard to clean it up and recover a lot of the oil. Only the remote area would be a difficulty. I have seen worse spills in the news.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:23:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Fireguy3:
Anybody ever notice how when Oil prices start to drop, something "BIG" always seems to happen "Accidently" and it goes back up?

Planned "Accidents" naw!! Go back to sleep, wake up when the fleecing is done.



Conspiritude


Seriou­sly, the whole freaking pipeline could blow, I doubt it'd nudge the price of oil. And this was just a leak on a feeder pipeline to the trans-Alaska pipeline.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:35:25 AM EDT
Ehh who cares?
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:37:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/11/2006 8:40:00 AM EDT by raven]
Reading through the news, this is an enormous spill. 200,000 gallons is huge, especially by North Slope standards, where I said they take massive precaution and are very strict and harsh if a spill is your fault. They should be able to operate bulldozers in -60f weather, and I'm sure it's only that with wind. This is the best time of year this disaster could have happened, with the snow shielding the ground and the oil being thick and gummy.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:40:15 AM EDT
Nice that we have "corroded" pipes and are spending how much to help rebuild everything in Iraq?
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:41:30 AM EDT
only about a quarter million dollars worth of oil.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:42:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By carguym14:
Nice that we have "corroded" pipes and are spending how much to help rebuild everything in Iraq?



Dude WTF are you a fucking libtard democrat or just retarded?

They have maintance on the pipeline, this one just got away or someone fucked up.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:43:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By carguym14:
Nice that we have "corroded" pipes and are spending how much to help rebuild everything in Iraq?




Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:44:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By carguym14:
Nice that we have "corroded" pipes and are spending how much to help rebuild everything in Iraq?



Thats enough out of you! You know very well getting our shit straight at home is far less important then rebuilding a 3rd world nation thats going to destroy itself as soon as we leave anyway!!!
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 2:18:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Reaper:
So... how hard can it be to clean up oil that is laying on top of ice?
It didn't make it to water, did it?




I doubt it since it's about -40 degrees up there right now.

I read today in the paper that it's pretty much contained and controllable. The super cold weather has hampered cleanup efforts, but it's also massively slowed the movement of the spilled oil.

My bet is that a month from now, you'll be hard pressed to find evidence of this spill. Any AK and/or oil experts care to comment on this?

Merlin
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 2:22:19 PM EDT
So how much will the price of gas go up over this?
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 2:32:35 PM EDT
Oil comes out of the fucking earth, it will go back. I'm not saying oil spills are good but it's not the end of the world.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 2:47:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Merlin:

Originally Posted By The_Reaper:
So... how hard can it be to clean up oil that is laying on top of ice?
It didn't make it to water, did it?




I doubt it since it's about -40 degrees up there right now.

I read today in the paper that it's pretty much contained and controllable. The super cold weather has hampered cleanup efforts, but it's also massively slowed the movement of the spilled oil.

My bet is that a month from now, you'll be hard pressed to find evidence of this spill. Any AK and/or oil experts care to comment on this?

Merlin


I'd say you are probably correct. When I was working up there, there was a little wind blown dilling mud on the snow covering a couple of acres and they had crews on it for 24 hours until not a speck was left.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 2:51:57 PM EDT
WHY DIDN'T THEY MAKE IT WITH FIVE THOUSAND AND 1 HULLS! WHEN WILL THEY LEARN!
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