‘Wake Up Call’: Rapidly Thawing Permafrost Threatens Trans-Alaska Pipeline | Common Dreams News

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Permafrost Melting

Alaska’s thawing permafrost is undermining the supports that hold up an elevated section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, putting in danger the structural integrity of one of the world’s largest oil pipelines. In a worst-case scenario, a rupture of the pipeline would result in an oil spill in a delicate and remote landscape where it would be extremely difficult to clean up. “This is a wake-up call,” said Carl Weimer, of Pipeline Safety Trust, a nonprofit pipeline watchdog group based in Bellingham, Washington. “The implications of this speak to the pipeline’s integrity and the effect climate change is having on pipeline safety in general.”

Source: ‘Wake Up Call’: Rapidly Thawing Permafrost Threatens Trans-Alaska Pipeline | Common Dreams News

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