Trans-Alaska oil pipeline restarted despite leak

January 13, 2011 05:18

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Oil resumed flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline Wednesday, but at only two-thirds the rate before a 3½-day shutdown caused by a leak.

The shutdown turned out to be the second-longest in the history of the line that transports about 13 percent of America's domestically produced oil.By Wednesday morning, the pipeline was moving crude from the nation's largest oil field at a rate of about 400,000 barrels a day. Before Saturday morning's shutdown, it was carrying about 630,000 barrels a day.

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