ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Trans-Alaska pipeline remains closed after an oil spill over the weekend. Crews are working around-the-clock on repairs, but the state says every day the pipeline sits inoperable, the state loses millions.
The pipeline transports around 630,000 barrels of oil each day, but right now it sits at zero, and response crews say they don't know when it will be up and running again.
The spill occurred at Pump Station 1 Saturday morning. It was contained in a cement building.
Emergency crews from Alyeska and the state and federal government have cleaned up about 17 barrels of oil -- that's about 700 gallons.
It's risky repairing the pipeline in the cold, but it's also dangerous to just let the oil sit.
“Restarting under those conditions can cause a whole host of other problems. So we want to get that oil moving as quickly as possible, so we can avoid a very long duration shutdown,” said Michelle Egan, a spokesperson for Alyeska.