Environmentalists and Sarah Palin Are Ruining Alaska's Majestic Oil Pipeline

Environmentalists and Sarah Palin Are Ruining Alaska's Majestic Oil Pipeline

Environmentalists and Sarah Palin Are Ruining Alaska's Majestic Oil Pipeline

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Aug. 10 2010 9:32 AM

Environmentalists and Sarah Palin Are Ruining Alaska's Majestic Oil Pipeline

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which once sent 2.1 million barrels of oil a day rushing toward the coast of Alaska at 7.4 miles per hour, is now carrying a feeble trickle , the Los Angeles Times reports. As production has dwindled to 660,000 barrels a day, the flow is a sluggish 2.4 miles per hour, and the pipeline itself is at risk: 

Engineers have warned that the pipeline — the only means of delivery of North Slope oil — will develop potentially dangerous problems with corrosion and ice if flows drop below 500,000 barrels a day, as they are expected to within the next five to 10 years.

At 350,000 barrels a day, which pipeline operators say could happen by 2022, frost heaves could cause the underground portions of the pipeline to dangerously wrinkle and kink.

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Why can't we pump some more oil into the pipeline to protect it? Partly, those meddlesome tree-huggers in the Obama Administration won't let Alaska get at new supplies, because they're worried about "wildlife" and "oil spills":

The BP oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico has prompted the Obama administration to freeze new offshore oil exploration off the North Slope; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has rejected a key permit to allow access across the Colville River to expanded drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing calls for permanent wilderness protections for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which holds up to 15 billion barrels of oil [...]

Liberal bureaucrats don't care about Alaska's pipeline. If only America had someone who could speak up about importance of energy development—what's that you say, Los Angeles Times?

[...] and oil companies are balking at spending the estimated $40 billion needed to coax new oil out of existing fields, partly in protest of Alaska's oil production taxes, raised significantly under the administration of former Gov. Sarah Palin .

BP is so put out about the restraints on production, a spokesperson told the Times, that it has slashed its oil-field development budget by 30 percent since 2007. And we all know what happens when BP starts cutting costs !