by Leyla Santiago
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Editor's note: This story has been edited to clarify ownership of the terminal.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Mount Redoubt's Saturday reawakening affected plans at the Drift River oil terminal.
Workers were supposed to move 3 million gallons of crude oil out of the tanks, but the volcano's latest eruption has those plans on hold.
The Coast Guard says the Tesoro tanker that was to transfer the crude oil was turned away when the volcano exploded. The next attempt will be Sunday morning, conditions permitting.
"This morning's events caused us to re-evaluate that approach and the tanker was turned around," Capt. Mark Hamilton said.
The oil terminal, owned by Chevron and Pacific Energy, sits at the base of the volcano and planned to draw down crude oil for the first time since Mount Redoubt began erupting March 22.
"By not moving the oil we also affect the people, the economy and various other aspects," Hamilton said.