16 Mar '17, 6pm

Alaska gas pipeline leak highlights hazards of Arctic Ocean drilling wilderness

Alaska gas pipeline leak highlights hazards of Arctic Ocean drilling wilderness

In a preview of what could happen with offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean, an underwater natural gas pipeline has been leaking in Alaska since December, and no repair is expected until late April, at the earliest. The lack of urgency to stop this leak by the federal and state governments and by industry is remarkable. Sea ice makes conditions too dangerous for divers to reach the pipeline, which was built in Cook Inlet south of Anchorage in 1965. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Alaska Department of Environmental Protection have not made the owner, Hillcorp Alaska, shut it down even though the federal agency found that the leak poses risks to public safety and the environment. The pipeline supplies natural gas to multiple oil-drilling platforms in Cook Inlet. Even though it suspected a leak, Hillcorp did not report it to federal re...

Full article: http://wilderness.org/blog/alaska-gas-pipeline-leak-highl...

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