BP races to shut Alaska North Slope well after finding a leak

21 Avril, 2017, 03:12 | Author: Marc Bacque
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Anchorage-based BP Exploration Alaska Inc., a subsidiary of BP PLC, is the owner of the well in the Prudhoe Bay oil field.

United Kingdom oil giant BP has been engaged in controlling a damaged oil well on Alaska's remote North Slope over the weekend, after the well started venting natural gas vapours on Friday morning, according to the company and Alaska officials.

In 2010, a BP well became the site of the worst offshore oil spill in US history.

Officials believe the spill was contained to a well pad and did not reach the nearby tundra.

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Attempts to bring a leaking well house under control at a BP drill site in Prudhoe Bay have been unsuccessful, according to the latest situation report released from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

BP reported the leak and formed a "unified command", which included responders from Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the North Slope Borough. "The bottom leak has been reduced, but is now leaking gas as well as some minor amount of crude oil". Environmentalists, describing the well as "out of control", called on the state to investigate. North Slope production was up to 565,000 barrels a day in March, its highest level since December 2013. But its infamous 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill focused the world's attention on the environmental and economic importance of the Gulf of Mexico. The upper leak was the one leaking crude oil and hazardous natural gas, but a safety valve activated and shut that leak off. But the continuing natural gas leak continues to be a problem. Fortunately, there were no reports on the matter of injuries or any kind of unintended harm towards the wildlife of Alaska.

A subsidiary of BP is reporting a crude oil spill on Alaska's North Slope.

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