Pipeline leak forces Alaskan oil production cuts

A leak discovered Saturday in the massive Trans-Alaska Pipeline System has forced BP and other oil producers on Alaska’s North Slope to cut output while the problem is addressed.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. said in a statement Saturday night that the pipeline remained shut down after a leak discovered earlier in the day, when oil was discovered in the basement of a pumping station.

“There are no injuries or apparent impacts to the environment as a result of this incident,” the company said in a statement.

Alyeska — which operates the pipeline that’s owned by a consortium of oil producers — has instructed North Slope producers to cut output by 95 percent. North Slope oil production, while in decline for years, is roughly 630,000 barrels per day and includes Prudhoe Bay, the nation’s largest oil field.