Redoubt: oil removal from volcano-threatened terminal under way 6 April 2009Posted by admin in Alaska, eruptions, natural hazards, Redoubt, United States.
Tags: Alaska, Drift River, natural hazards, Redoubt, United States, volcanic eruptions
Oil company Chevron decided on Sunday to close the Drift River Oil Terminal indefinitely because of the danger posed to the facility by the eruption of Mount Redoubt. This also means oil production in Cook Inlet is being shut down, as (to quote a Chevron spokeswoman) ”we can’t produce oil because we have nowhere to ship it to’.
Plans are going ahead to remove about half the 6 million gallons of oil presently sitting in the terminal’s tanks. A tanker arrived on Sunday evening and the transfer of the oil is reportedly now under way. The entire process could take from 18 to 24 hours.
For all our Redoubt coverage: Redoubt « The Volcanism Blog.
Chevron suspends Inlet oil production – Anchorage Daily News, 5 April 2009
Drift River oil removal begins, production stopped – KTUU, 6 April 2009