Messy Oil Monday


Hilcorp: Repairs to leaking gas line in Cook Inlet not expected until at least mid-March. The company is under an order by PHMSA to repair the leak by May 1 or shut it completely.

HOMER, Alaska—An environmental advocacy organization is calling for the immediate inspection of all oil and gas pipelines in Alaska’s Cook Inlet after two underwater lines broke and leaked in recent months, with one still spewing natural gas into the inlet.

The inlet, home to endangered beluga whales and other species, is the oldest producing oil and gas field in Alaska. Many of the pipelines—including the two that recently leaked—were built in the 1960s.

The Center for Biological Diversity issued the legal petition on Thursday, asking the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Agency and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to inspect the pipelines.

“It’s scary to think about how decayed some of the offshore pipelines littering Cook Inlet may be,” said Kristen Monsell, an attorney with the center. “These old, vulnerable pipelines pose a toxic threat to the people and wildlife of Cook Inlet.”

Both of the pipelines that leaked—one carrying natural gas, the other oil—are owned by Hilcorp Alaska, a subsidiary of Houston, Tex.-based Hilcorp. The company operates virtually all the oil and gas infrastructure in Cook Inlet. Hundreds of miles pipelines traverse under the inlet.



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18 Responses to Messy Oil Monday

  1. Den says:

    Pending planetary destruction, even tin-foil hats won’t help us now.


  2. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Doc, saw the post about your son flying out to visit you, saw the picture of the uniquely painted plane. Pretty cool!

    I was happy to see you had family visit you! I think that’s the first time that’s happened since we’ve known you, or it’s the first time you told us about a son visit.


  3. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    As for your post today, I’m so sour on everything my first thought was let it leak, we’re all doomed anyway. Let’s get this show on the road and end it all.

    See? I’m in a bummed state, that’s for sure.


  4. Den says:

    John Oliver on Gerrymandering:


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Looks bad for the home team:


  6. Den says:

    Carol, I wouldn’t worry too much about being doomed, probably will not self-exterminate due to planetary poisoning for 50 to 100 years, we are safe as we will expire long before that, then who cares, don’t blow a vessel or your brain with a bullet, put one day in front of the other, our lives can be extinguished for a hundred internal reasons at any time, no guarantees no matter how crapped up the planet gets.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Up to the Hillside Cafe in the usual 13 minutes on the sticks. Daffodils and a bumblebee.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    Kjell’s recent writings:

    Which are rather good, even if I do assert so. These essays are going to be published, so I have independent confirmation offers this judgement.


  9. Den says:

    Carol will like this one: Set off WWIII in the privacy of your own home, amaze your friends!


  10. Den says:

    Surfs up!


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