JUNEAU, Alaska — Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. officials said Thursday they overcame extraordinary challenges recently when they restarted the Trans-Alaska Pipeline after it leaked oil into a pump station.
They warned that even though they're taking steps to fix problems of low flow and corrosion, they likely won't be in the clear anytime soon.
New company president Tom Barrett led a presentation in the Capitol where he said more than 600 people responded to the incident starting on Jan. 8 and at one point roughly 375 people were gathered at Pump Station 1, the site of the leak.
Meanwhile, the entire line, which was shut down, was cooling off and in danger of freezing.
Barrett said crews worked around-the-clock in temperatures as low as 20 below zero inside the building where they had to open it up to the elements in order to let flammable oil fumes out.