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U.S. Halts Alaska Oil Shipments

The United States suspended oil shipments for two days from Alaska’s major port of Valdez as a security precaution amid a heightened terror alert, officials said on Thursday. The halt of oil transfers onto tankers began on Tuesday and was lifted on Thursday. It was part of “a continuing effort to ensure the security of our homeland,” consistent with Code Orange, the second-highest alert level the United States has been at since Dec. 21, said Russ Knocke, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman. “Right now we are allowing tanker traffic throughout the port,” Lt. jg Latarsha McQueen of the Coast Guard’s Valdez Marine Safety Office said. “Appropriate safety measures are being taken with regard to the security information that we have.” Full Story

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