NORTH SLOPE ACTIVITY NOT SEEN HIKING OIL SPILL THREAT

The U.S. Coast Guard says more Alaskan North Slope exploration and production would not increase the risk of another oil spill in Prince William Sound. Any additional production would be moved through the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System and loaded onto tankers at the Port of Valdez. Rear Adm. David Ciancaglini, the Coast Guard's Alaska district commander, told the Senate energy committee there is far less danger of a spill than at the time of the Exxon Valdez tanker accident 2 years ago.

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