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Alaska oil pipeline operator works on bypass

The company that operates the trans-Alaska pipeline is working on a plan to install a bypass line so the flow of oil can be restarted despite a leak.

The company that operates the trans-Alaska pipeline is working on a plan to install a bypass line so the flow of oil can be restarted despite a leak.

The pipeline that transports crude from the nation's largest oil field was shut down Sunday after a leak was discovered in a pipe near a pump station.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. operates the pipeline from the North Slope to the Valdez tanker terminal. It is working on the bypass plan Monday.

Tom DeRuyter, the on-scene coordinator for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, says there is still a small amount of oil trickling into the basement of Pump Station 1. The pump station is the last stop for crude before it is pumped into the 800-mile main pipeline for delivery to the West Coast.

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