A federal investigation has found that government regulators failed to adequately monitor the trans-Alaska oil pipeline to ensure the safe delivery of a major source of American oil and to protect the environment.

"The complacency that has existed over the last 14 years must be replaced with a systematic, disciplined and coordinated approach that will ensure (trans-Alaska pipeline) operational safety, oil spill response and environmental protection," concluded the General Accounting Office.The GAO report strongly criticized state and federal agencies for lax oversight of the 800-mile oil pipeline.