Fuel Is Flowing To Nome Through Half-Mile Hose Laid Over Ice : The Two-WayAfter a struggle, a Coast Guard icebreaker was able to help get a Russian tanker close enough to be able to offload the cargo. Without it, the Alaskan city's 3,500 people were going to soon run out of gasoline and diesel fuel.
As we've been reporting, Nome missed out on what was supposed to be its last big delivery of fuel back in November because of an early-winter storm. Thanks to about two weeks' worth of help from a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, though, the Russian tanker was able to get close enough to then run its hose across about a half mile of ice to the storage facility on land.
"At the beginning of the fueling operation, workers will be staged at every connector along the line to ensure there are no problems. Later, a two-man relay team will walk the line every 30 minutes until the transfer is complete."
This AP video offers a sense of just how cold — and difficult — the work is.