Alaska Says BP Oil And Gas Leak Stopped

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 19, 2017

That movement broke a well pressure gauge and temporarily delayed efforts to close off the well, the state said. A crude oil spray was confirmed and the spill was reported to authorities. The Alaska Department of Conservation said on Monday that a team of workers had successfully stopped the leak. All the excess pressure was removed from the well to keep it in a safe range of pressure.

On Monday, almost three days after the leak was found, ADEC announced the unified command had to managed to "kill" the well overnight and end the gas leak. Once that occurs, "well-killing operations can take place", according to the December.

The Prudhoe Bay oil field, where the well is located, is the largest oil field ever discovered in the United States. The well is operated by a London-based BP energy company.

The leak comes as the remote North Slope, once home to the US's biggest oilfields, enjoys a resurgence as producers work to boost output from ageing wells and extend their reach to new supplies. That's still down by nearly three-quarters from the peak of more than 2 million bbl in the late 1980s. Five years later, BP agreed to pay more than $20 billion in penalties for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The department has not yet been able to estimate how much crude has been released, it said. 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.

Boots and Coots Services Inc., a well-control firm, will assist in operations to kill the well, according to the state DEC statement.

Officials believe the spill was contained to a well pad and did not reach the nearby tundra. Dawn Patience, a BP spokeswoman said in an email on Sunday that the well has been closed off since Friday last week and the response to resolve this issue is still underway.

Alaskan North Slope crude was valued at $1.80/bbl over USA benchmark West Texas Intermediate on Monday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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