OIL-SPILL CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR THE ALYESKA PIPELINE SYSTEM

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company has aimed for zero oil spillage in the design of the Alyeska pipeline system. The extent of the technical studies and efforts to minimize environmental impact are unprecedented in the annals of pipeline design. Examples include special design and construction techniques in areas of permafrost, burial, and river crossings, and special designs to withstand earthquake effects and fault movements. In addition, all essential data related to leak detection will be monitored. Alyeska will also conduct regular aerial and ground patrols of the pipeline route. Design of the marine terminal at Port Valdez includes facilities for reducing the probability of a spill and minimizing the effects of spillage should it occur. Comprehensive oil-spill contingency plans are being prepared to ensure that immediate steps are taken to protect the environment, to contain and clean up any spill, and to restore any affected areas. These are probably the most thorough and comprehensive plans of this nature yet developed. If a spill occurs on land or water, these plans assign immediate what-to-do and how-to-do it actions to designated individuals.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conference on the Prevention and Control of Oil Pollution held in March, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Petroleum Institute

    1220 L Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20005-4070

    Environmental Protection Agency

    401 M Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20460

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20593
  • Authors:
    • Crouch, W D
    • Kauffman, D S
    • Sartor, J D
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 281-286

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00095760
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1975 12:00AM