Alaska pipeline reopens after weather forced closure

The trans-Alaska oil pipeline has reopened after an overnight shutdown, but bad weather is still preventing tankers from taking on oil at the Valdez tanker dock.

Operators stopped pumps along the 800-mile pipeline at 8 p.m. Monday local time. The line was reopened at 2 a.m.

A spokeswoman for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. said two tankers are berthed in Valdez now. Pipeline officials hope weather will improve enough to start transferring oil to the tankers.

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