Pigs employed to clean oil pipeline
An aggressive cleaning tool called a disc pig was sent through the
trans-Alaska oil pipeline over the weekend to find a stainless steel ring which
broke off a previously used cleaning tool called a scraping
The cleaning tools removed wax buildup, enough to fill 11 55-gallon drums,
but failed to find the missing part.
The pipeline operator, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co, downplayed the risk of
the missing ring, saying there is a low probability that the ring would
interfere with a check valve that stops the flow of oil in case of a leak.
A company spokesman, Mike Heatwole, said "Weâ€™ll just keep
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