Trans-Alaska Pipeline Remains Shut Down Over Leak

By: AP
By: AP

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline remains shut down as repair work continued to fix a leak.

The pipeline was shut down early Saturday to install a bypass pipe around the leak. The shutdown was only expected to last 36 hours, but the restart now is expected to take place early Monday.

Workers are installing a 157-foot pipe around the leak discovered more than a week ago at a booster pump at a station on the North Slope.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. operates the pipeline and says sealing and draining the pipe is taking longer than expected.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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