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MadisonProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:17 PM
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Alaska oil spill was largest ever on North Slope
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11743346 /

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An estimated 201,000 to 267,000 gallons of crude oil spilled in the North Slope pipeline leak discovered March 2, state officials announced Friday.

Thats significantly more than what crews have so far recovered and much larger than the previous record for the North Slope a 38,850-gallon spill in 1989.

But the new spill is still far less than the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill, which dumped 11 million gallons into the Prince William Sound.

The spill covers two acres and neared a lake on the frozen tundra. A snow and ice ramp has been built to protect sensitive areas at the lake's edge, officials said in a press release.



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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:18 PM
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1. damn them! n/t
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:19 PM
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2. I'll never forget the 4 page reply I got from Exxon
after the Valdez spill. In it, they pointed out the benefit that the spill had created jobs for the clean up.

I had asked them to pay for all the damage they had caused.
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northofdenali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:39 PM
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3. I wish they'd been there working on the cleanup
like I was. I didn't get paid. Neither did about 2/3 of us there helping out. We camped in equipment we brought, ate food we bought, used clean-up equipment we hauled in or stuff donated by locals.

The damage is ongoing. Exxon is still fighting off paying any damages, despite their record profits.

Boycott Exxon, folks. I haven't bought a drop of their gas since 1989. There's no Exxon gas stations left in Alaska.
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auracat Donating Member (389 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:20 PM
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13. hi,
i'm north of the 64th. ;)
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northofdenali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:10 PM
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17. It's so great to see more and more of us here -
and turning out for rallys and marching, and getting out the vote!!

I'm in frozen Fairbanks - where are you?
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auracat Donating Member (389 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:52 PM
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21. same. fbx.
downtown.
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northofdenali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 01:32 AM
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22. Let's have a meetup!! I'll PM you. n/t
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:53 PM
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4. This should be getting much more coverage. ... K&R
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twaddler01 Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:49 PM
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16. I agree K&R
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donkeyotay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:08 PM
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5. There was no oil spill. If there was, it would have been on television
and everyone would know about it.
:sarcasm:
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auracat Donating Member (389 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:17 PM
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10. well,
i tried to post about it here, but my post was moved to energy/environment
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LiviaOlivia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:46 PM
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6. This spill should be named in honor of outgoing Interior Sec Norton
I hope the door hits you on the way out.
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dusty64 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:14 PM
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7. And hardly a peep
from our fuckin corporate media. Just as the Arctic Refuge debate heats up AGAIN!
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:31 PM
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8. did they say what caused it? I know they said "corrosion" but I wonder
how much of it had to do with stresses on the pipeline due to the permafrost starting to melt?
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auracat Donating Member (389 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:17 PM
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11. the pipeline
is getting really old and breaking down. it needs repair, but no one wants to pay for that.
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enough Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:49 PM
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9. K&R
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auracat Donating Member (389 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:18 PM
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12. another spill at kuparuk, today!
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 07:32 PM by auracat
Meanwhile, officials on Friday reported another leak on the North Slope, this time in a 24-inch diameter pipeline carrying water with a trace of crude from wells to a processing plant operated by ConocoPhillips in Kuparuk, the slope's second-largest oil field after Prudhoe Bay.

The spill was discovered by a ConocoPhillips operator Thursday afternoon who noticed an icicle forming on the line, said company spokeswoman Dawn Patience. She said the drill site has been shut down, affecting 15 wells.

Neither the cause nor volume of crude spilled in this leak was immediately known, but it was not expected to be as large as the other spill, said DEC spokesman John Dixon. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AK_PRUDHOE_SPILL...



meanwhile, feingold's attempt to keep anwr out of the budget failed today, 9-11
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Colorado Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:48 PM
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14. &*&)+_(*(*&&.
Words fail.
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Colorado Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:49 PM
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15. Here's some more info:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060310/us_nm/environment_a...

snip

Opponents of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil development said the Prudhoe Bay spill weakens claims that drilling and other operations could be conducted safely.

"By nature, the oil industry is a messy business," said Luci Beach, executive director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee, a group of Athabascan Indians opposed to oil development in the refuge.

Beach, who was in Washington, D.C., to campaign against Congressional attempts to allow drilling in the refuge, said she often encounters arguments that modern oil-field technology has eliminated environmental risks.

"Look at this huge spill. It kind of takes the air out of that argument," she said.
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Pharaoh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:20 PM
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18. Right on! K&R
not a damn thing in the media about it!
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:54 PM
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19. SO - if I were a terrorist, I'd think about how vulnerable that pipeline
is. In fact, there are so many unprotected opportunities to wreak carnage on the US environment, finances, and fuel supply, I'd be dizzy with the choices. Not to mention the - as far as I know - basically unexamined checked luggage stored in every passenger plane. The Bush Administration's "strong on security" pose is so transparently OPPOSITE to the truth, and this has been true from the first.

Almost a media blackout on this disaster. Good to see this story, at least.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:59 PM
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20. Link to a March 7 DU thread on this spill:
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 11:02 PM by Nothing Without Hope
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
thread title (3-7-06 GD): How Many DUers Have Heard About the Still Growing Major Alaskan Oil Spill?

From the first, this has gotten very little attention. After all, as pointed out upthread, the Bushies want to convince the public that drilling in the ANWR would be just routine and completely safe.
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