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Pipeline Untested for 14 Years

The severely corroded pipeline that forced the shutdown of the country's largest oil field had not been internally inspected or cleaned by BP Oil for at least 14 years, according to U.S. Department of Transportation records.

The lines at Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field carry eight percent of the domestic crude oil production but are exempt from federal regulation.

Pipelines regulated by the federal government are required to be tested every five years.

Read the rest here- The Blotter

Posted by Coffeerooms August 08, 2006 Permalink