Why? I can understand that nature will have some corrosive impact on the pipeline if it sits idle, so re-start would require some maintenance (depending on how long it actually sits). Remember that the environment in Alaska is very harsh. To keep a working pipeline would require a certain level of annual maintenance that I don't believe anyone is willing to pay for on the chance it might pump oil again. For comparison, there is a lot of old mining equipment lying around old mines and with current gold prices, some mines are being considered to be re-opened. Granted, new techniques would make most of it obsolete, but the current condition of the equipment makes it unusable and not cost effective to refurbish. The oil pipeline would likely fall into this category after 5-10 years.Calvin
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