Unexpectedly severe corrosion

A BP oil field in Alaska has been shut down because of unexpectedly severe corrosion in a pipeline. Sort of makes you wonder about the wisdom of having oil and gas lines strung out underwater along the North Carolina coast. Why our state's Congressional Republicans are happy to take these kinds of risks on the Atlantic continental shelf is beyond me. We Americans might be addicted to oil, but our elected officials of the right wing persuasion are more likely addicted to oil profits.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - BP Exploration Alaska, Inc. began shutting down the Prudhoe Bay oil field Sunday after discovering unexpectedly severe corrosion and a small spill from a transit pipeline.

Prudhoe Bay represents about half of Alaska’s oil production and about 8 percent of U.S. production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Company officials said it would take days to shut down the oil field. Once completed, it’s expected to reduce oil field production by 400,000 barrels a day.


In case there are any oil wise guys

this picture is generic corrosion, not from the pipeline in question. Think of it more like the corrosion our democracy experiences every day under the greed and corruption of the Bush sadministration.

I agree with Anglico.......

OK Gang, for a moment lets forget I am Dan the vet, Dan who bitchs against Taylor and am just plan old Dan who cares about Mother Earth & Father Sky! Anglico ,Thanks for reporting this cause it is the kind of news that makes me good & mad.

I at one time could have worked out of Prudhole burning rods. Glad I didnt. I DO have many friends up there yet with the oil companies. Proper supervision of the line is not done. You see 1 weild x-ray you copy it and you have seen them all and the companys make big money! There is NO REASON we need oil & Gas lines below our terratorial waters that could destroy any bit of a fishing industry we may have along with the tourist industry.

Remember People, On pipelines you need to remember, a plain brown package with a proper ammount insures x-rays are copied & numbered in sequence and those welds can rust on both sides. Just like someone asked a friend why he would jump out of a perfectly good airplane? His reply, Because it was built by the lowest bidder!

You need to remember that when our inland waterways are destroied ,floating with oil & burning! And all of our wildlife is gone! Remember, God, the Creator gave us Mother Earth and Father Sky. He entrusted it to our care and we are to take care of it and preserve it.

Amen, Dan.

Well said.

This makes it so much more fun

To be able to say that in response to Larry's gas promotion Robin Hayes responded that congress had just acted to allow more off shore drilling. Recent quote and this story needs to be hung around his neck.

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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I cannot help wondering

what kind of severe corrosion WAS actually expected ...

That evil automobile ruins our planet

If everyone would just get rid of their cars and start walking and riding their bikes then we wouldn't have this problem.

If your trying to be sarcastic, you've come to the wrong place

I am as big an advocate of transit as anybody, and I can tell you that no one here wants to see the end of the car era.

So, go whip yourself up into a state somewhere else.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

No sarcasm here

If you would walk, ride your bike, or take the bus and abandon your car, we wouldn't be in this mess. All good liberals should practice what they preach.


I sold my car in order to move to Chapel Hill and commute to work on the bus. The plan was to buy a bike and someday I actually will, until then, I bus, therefore I am.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

My take.

He is either far right, being an ass. Or, he is far left and thinks that anyone not using public transit or a bike is no better than the Republicans.

Either way, I came, I saw, I moved, I sold my car, I transit.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.


I never needed a car or a driver's license until I moved to the Triangle. I always lived in cities with public transportation and/or rode a bike.

The Bicycle paradox

Only read on if you can comprehend a complicated, technical message (e.g. no trolls).

A U Penn Professor has done an analysis of what the overall effects of every American biking to work everyday rather than driving here. The conclusion that he reaches is that there would be huge immediate benefits towards pollution reduction, but those benefits would be negated by the extra longevity created by the better physical fitness of Americans. There are some variables that are difficult to deal with, like the difference between energy levels and sources of energy in the future. But the main point of the paper seems to be that we need to analyze every aspect of our life for ways to reduce pollution, especially CO2