• Short Summary

    Saboteura have blasted a hole in a section of the Trans-Alaska crude-oil pipeline near Fairbanks in Alaska, forcing its closure.

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    Saboteura have blasted a hole in a section of the Trans-Alaska crude-oil pipeline near Fairbanks in Alaska, forcing its closure.

    SYNOPSIS: This was the second act of sabotage to hit the 800 mile (1,200 km) pipeline since it opened last July. An oil leak was spotted by a pilot and the oil flow shut down. Troops and police travelled from nearby Fairbanks and discovered the hole and been caused by an explosive device. The hole was only two inches in diametre, but several thousand gallons of oil spilled over four acres of forest land before the flow was halted.

    The hole was plugged after five hours and the Alaska Pipeline Service Company hoped to have oil flowing again by mid-day on friday (17 February).

    The normal flow through the lines which runs from Prudhoe Bay in the north to a terminal at Valdes is 740,000 barrels a day. Last July a similar bomb attack on the line damaged only insulation. The pipeline was opened after long legal battles with environmentalists. It is not known who was responsible for the attacks.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA91DHXAC8BC05BL1Z56N7QDTDY
    Media URN:
    VLVA91DHXAC8BC05BL1Z56N7QDTDY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/02/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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