The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System crosses 34 major rivers and nearly 800 other rivers and streams over the 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. The pipeline was completed in 1977 and built to last only 30 years but the lease and right of way have now been renewed through 2034. A breach in the line at or near a river crossing could result in oil reaching fish streams or rivers, and clean up in remote areas would be an enormous challenge.
Over the 35 years of TAPS’ operation, there have been a number of serious incidents along the pipeline and the pipeline owners have been fined millions of dollars for numerous violations. (For more information on incidents, see “Selected TAPS Incidents” at http://akpipelinesafety.org/whatcanyoudo).
Our most pressing concerns with the pipeline include: corrosion problems, wax and ice buildup in the pipe, deferred maintenance, inadequate leak detection systems, inadequate spill response planning, and seismic and geologic hazards.
To address these concerns, we are working to increase citizen oversight capacity. After the Exxon Valdez disaster, the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council (www.pwsrcac.org) was formed to provide citizen oversight for the Sound and resulted in significant improvements in safety and operations. We want Congress to authorize a similar oversight body for TAPS.
Our coalition of partners that want to “Keep the oil in the pipe” include: Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association, Cascadia Wild, Copper Country Alliance, Copper River Watershed Project, Cordova District Fishermen United, Ecotrust, Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association, Gulkana Village Council, and Tazlina Village Council.
Please join us in our effort to increase citizen oversight capacity of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and keep the oil in the pipe and out of our waterways and environment.
By signing the below petition, your voice joins a growing chorus of individuals and organizations calling for Congressional authorization of citizen oversight for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.