Gas Leak At BP Oil Well In Alaska Has Been Stopped

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the spill is ongoing and the volume is unknown. It wasn't until Monday, however, that BP announced that the well had been killed and the oil had stopped flowing.

ADEC said of the two identified leaks, the one near the top is not actively leaking anymore, "The bottom leak has been reduced, but is now leaking gas". The oil spray ended Saturday, but the well remained out of control and vented gas through the weekend. "The bottom leak has been reduced, but is now leaking gas as well as some minor amount of crude oil". 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. Workers contained that leak by activating a safety valve. At approximately 8:15 am, BPXA confirmed the crude spray from the top of the well house and reported the spill to ADEC via the Fairbanks spill reporting line and to U.S. EPA via the National Response Center.

"Whenever you have an out-of-control well like this, that means something very serious went wrong", Lois Epstein, Arctic Program Director for environmentalist group The Wilderness Society, told Bloomberg.

The Prudhoe Bay oil field, where the well is located, is the largest oil field ever discovered in the United States. The Unified Command will ensure safe and efficient coordination of resources and information amongst BPXA and state and federal regulators. 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.

An oil well misting natural gas on Alaska's frozen North Slope.

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