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Trans-Alaska pipeline shut down after pump station fire

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World Pipelines,

The trans-Alaska Pipeline was shut down yesterday after a fire erupted at a pump station near the Arctic Circle.

No injuries were reported, Michelle Egan, a spokeswoman for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., which operates the oil pipeline, told press.

An employee noticed smoke and flames coming from a pressure vacuum vent about 2:30 pm at the pipeline's pump station in the Coldfoot area near the Arctic Circle.

All 58 employees on site were evacuated, and the pipeline will remain closed until officials can safely restart the oil flow.

Egan said that the fire hasn't spread but the situation is still too dangerous to send investigators.

"We're observing the tank to see if that activity slows down," said Egan.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation said it's also monitoring the fire and has set up an incident management team.

Edited from various sources by Elizabeth Corner

Sources: NBC NewsKTUU

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