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BP Tries to Secure Leaking Oil and Natural Gas Well in Alaska
21 April 2017, 03:15 | Kelvin Horton
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"BP is in the process of shutting in a well at the Prudhoe Bay oil field that experienced an unplanned release of hydrocarbon", said Brett Clanton, a BP spokesman in Houston.
A BP PLC well on Alaska's North Slope is no longer leaking crude oil or natural gas following a crude spray over the weekend, Bloomberg reported.
BP did not have an estimate available for the volume of oil and natural gas spilled. The good news is that based on aerial photographs of the well, the oil spill was contained in the gravel pad of the rig that is pumping oil and gas from the well. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) says employees discovered the "uncontrolled gas release" from the top of a well house at 7:30 a.m. Friday.
The well, located in the Greater Prudhoe Bay area, is venting gas, which caused a spray of crude oil to impact the well pad, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said in a statement on Saturday.
The volume of the leak had not been determined and the cause of the release was unknown, the department said. BP said in their statement that the release hasn't reached the tundra surrounding the well.
Responders were unsuccessful on Friday night due to damage to a pressure gauge.
BP was behind the worst oil spill in the United States: the 2010 Gulf oil spill. This last March, daily output in the area hit 565,000 bpd - the highest in more than three years. The upper leak was the one leaking crude oil and hazardous natural gas, but a safety valve activated and shut that leak off. They claim that two leaks had sprung, one at the well's top and one at the well's bottom.
Oil field workers have reduced the pressure in an oil well that is leaking natural gas on Alaska's frozen North Slope. "There have been no reports of impacted wildlife".
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