Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Alaskan oil well leaking gas

Alaskan oil well leaking gas

A BP well on Alaska's North Slope is no longer leaking crude oil or natural gas, a spokeswoman said Monday.

The leak initially was discovered Friday morning when BP employees saw crude oil spraying out of the top of the well, located at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope. In an incident report released Sunday, however, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said that the spill does not appear to have spread past the drilling pad around the well, and that there have been no reports of injuries or harm to wildlife.

The total amount of oil spilled and whether the crude affected the snow-covered tundra nearby is not yet clear, but authorities believe the crude contamination likely is contained within a gravel area directly surrounding the well site.

ADEC says the time of the spill is unknown but it was reported Friday morning. They claim that two leaks had sprung, one at the well's top and one at the well's bottom. The oil producer had retained Halliburton Co's (HAL.N) well control specialists to kill the well, the spokesman said.

The oil company will ultimately have to "kill the well", an expensive and risky process that stops the extraction process.

The spokesperson Brett Clanton, from BP's official team present there said the crew members used infrared cameras to see the condition of the leakage, which is found to be not that severe. A second leak that was emitting gas at a reduced rate was closed off overnight on Sunday, spokeswoman Dawn Patience said in an email.

Most companies are trying to do resurgence here and boost output of all the aging wells to extend their reach to brand-new supply sources.

Three years earlier, again a pipeline - a corroded one - spilled 4,800 barrels of oil. But its infamous 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill focused the world's attention on the environmental and economic importance of the Gulf of Mexico. In 2006, a corroded pipeline released almost 5,000 barrels (bbl) of crude oil, the largest oil spill in the North Slope at the time.

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