From Bill White --
The Houston Business Journal is reporting that West Coast refineries will be getting special shipments of oil from Russia to replace the Alaska oil that hasn't been flowing because of a leak at the trans-Alaska pipeline's Pump Station 1.
The Journal says:
BP Plc is sending 100,000 metric tons of Russian oil to the U.S. West Coast to alleviate some of the capacity gap from the Trans Alaska Pipeline that had to be shut down last week.
That's roughly 700,000 barrels of oil, a bit more than a day's production from the North Slope.
The Alaska pipeline was shut down from about 9 a.m. Saturday to about 9 p.m. Tuesday after the leak was discovered. Oil production has been curtailed since Saturday. Plans are to shut the pipeline down again for about 36 hours starting at 6 p.m. today so that a pipe can be installed that will divert oil flow around the leak.