A BP oil field in Alaska has been shut down because of unexpectedly severe corrosion in a pipeline. Sort of makes you wonder about the wisdom of having oil and gas lines strung out underwater along the North Carolina coast. Why our state's Congressional Republicans are happy to take these kinds of risks on the Atlantic continental shelf is beyond me. We Americans might be addicted to oil, but our elected officials of the right wing persuasion are more likely addicted to oil profits.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - BP Exploration Alaska, Inc. began shutting down the Prudhoe Bay oil field Sunday after discovering unexpectedly severe corrosion and a small spill from a transit pipeline.
Prudhoe Bay represents about half of Alaska’s oil production and about 8 percent of U.S. production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Company officials said it would take days to shut down the oil field. Once completed, it’s expected to reduce oil field production by 400,000 barrels a day.