May 24, 2006

US probes Alaska pipeline repair-WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. federal authorities are
investigating reports of improper repairs made to the
Transatlantic Pipeline by employees of oil companies that own
the pipeline, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

The 800-mile pipeline is run by Alyeska Pipeline Service
Co, formed by BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Environmental
Protection Agency are looking into whether the company and
government officials falsified records to show the repairs were
done correctly, the Journal reported, citing a representative
of the Joint Pipeline Office, an agency overseeing the

An agency spokeswoman told the Journal it had been
questioned by the FBI and EPA but wasn't aware of any
wrongdoing after reviewing complaints of faulty welds from
repair work.

Alyeska representatives also told the Journal they were
unaware of any wrongdoing.

The allegations come from an Alyeska employee working on
the project. The employee was not named.

Representatives of Alyeska, FBI, EPA and Joint Pipeline
Office were not immediately reachable.