Trans-Alaskan Pipeline Shut Down

The trans-Alaska pipeline will be shutdown until Tuesday afternoon, or a minimum of 48 hours from when it was shutdown on Sunday after an earthquake of 7.9 magnitude struck central Alaska, according to the U. S. Department of Transportation.

BP said it had shut in all but five percent of its Alaskan production, with that output stored while the pipeline is shutdown. No damage to BP facilities or operations has been discovered as of yet, the company said.

A spokeswoman for Aleyska Pipeline Service Co., a consortium that operates the pipeline, said on Monday no restart time has been set to resume operations on the pipeline. A restart time may be set late Monday, after five company survey teams complete their check of pipeline above and below ground structural integrity. No leaks have been reported along the length of the pipe.

While no damage to the pipeline itself was detected in the early hours after the quake, there was damage to the H-supports used to support the above-ground portion of the pipeline. So far, eight shoes and five crossbars on the supports have been discovered to be affected. Four teams of DOT inspectors are en route to assist in the investigation.