Arrest made in 1978 Alaska pipeline bombing

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Associated Press

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 8:33 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Alaska say a 61-year-old Fairbanks man has been indicted on charges of making false statements to the FBI regarding the 1978 bombing of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler (LEF'-lur) says in an announcement that Phillip Martin Olson acknowledged carrying out the bombing and falsely implicated another person in assisting him.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Bottini (bo-TEE-nee) says the statute of limitations has run out for prosecuting the actual bombing.

Olson was arrested Friday morning and ordered held pending a detention hearing. Directory assistance did not list a number for Olson.

The case that has long been a mystery to Alaskans.

The breach from the bomb north of Fairbanks spilled up to 588,000 gallons of crude less than a year after the pipeline began moving oil.

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