FOR PIPELINE EMERGENCIES ONLY, call Alyeska collect at (907) 835-4709.
The Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) was designed and constructed to the highest standards to safely transport crude oil from the North Slope to Valdez; however, emergencies may still occur. TAPS consists of: 800 mile 48" Oil Pipeline; 148 mile 8" – 10" Fuel Gas Pipeline from Pump Station 1 to Pump Station 4; Valdez Marine Terminal; as well as other related facilities.
Recognizing a leak
If you are near one of the pipelines during an emergency, you may detect an oil or natural gas leak by:
Smell: Crude oil may have an odor similar to fuel oil or gasoline. Natural gas leaks may be detected by a pungent, rotten egg or sulfur odor.
Sight: A pool of dark liquid or discolored vegetation near the pipeline may indicate a crude oil leak. A dense white cloud or fog and flames may indicate a natural gas leak.
Sound: An unusual noise, hissing or roaring sound may be a sign of a leak.
If a leak occurs
- Do not enter the area where the spill, leak or vapor cloud is located.
- Leave the area immediately.
- Do not touch leaking liquids or breathe leaking gasses.
- Do not create sparks, light matches, start an engine, switch on a light, use a camera flash or cellular telephone. These actions may ignite the leaked or spilled substance.
- Warn others nearby of the possibility of a pipeline emergency.
From a safe location, call Alyeska Pipeline Service Company collect at (907) 835-4709. You may also contact 911 or other local emergency response numbers.
Provide your name, location, description of the leak or possible leak and information on how you can be contacted.
Excavating near the pipeline
Some portions of the trans-Alaska pipeline and the Fuel Gas Line are buried. Excavation-related activities are prohibited along all portions of the right-of-way, unless prior authorization from Alyeska Pipeline Service Company has been received. Contact the number listed above for information regarding excavation requirements near the pipelines. Alyeska’s Damage Prevention Program was designed to reduce and eliminate excavation related accidents.