Published: Пт, Апреля 21, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Workers relieve pressure on leaking Alaska oil well

Workers relieve pressure on leaking Alaska oil well

On Friday, employees of BP Exploration Alaska discovered an uncontrolled gas leak in an oil and gas well on Alaska's North Slope, near the community of Deadhorse.

BP, whose Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico blew out and caused the largest oil spill in US history, has responded to questions about the well, but information was limited and there was no estimate about volumes of natural gas and oil released. The damage to the well is extensive: it has risen three or four feet out of the ground and its pressure gauge has been severely damaged, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) on Saturday.

To view the full article, register now. Fortunately, there were no reports on the matter of injuries or any kind of unintended harm towards the wildlife of Alaska. This was found by the statement of the Environmental Conservation Department of the state. North Slope production was up to 565,000 barrels a day in March, its highest level since December 2013. Specialists deployed by Boots and Coots, a well control company, were arriving in the area yesterday to help seal the well.

Two leaks have been identified on the well, one near the top and one further down the well assembly, BP said.

"Based on an overflight with infrared cameras, the release appears to be contained to the gravel pad surrounding the wellhead and has not reached the tundra", BP spokesman Brett Clanton said Saturday. Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.is a joint partnership between North Slope's producers Exxon Mobil Corp., BP Plc, and ConocoPhillips. Afterwards, BP must coordinate a cleanup with its internal oil spill response organization and Alaska Clean Seas, a nonprofit that specializes in oil spill response.

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