BP Reports Oil Spill in Alaska

BP began drilling at the massive Prudhoe Bay oil field in 1968.

The network said other quantities of natural gas were leaking from the site along with crude oil and investigations were underway to find out the causes of the accident. Based on aerial pictures, the release appears to be contained to the gravel pad surrounding the well head and hasn't reached the surrounding tundra, BP said in a statement.

BP Plc is working to secure an ongoing natural gas leak in a well on Alaska's North Slope that also sprayed crude oil for three days before that release was capped.

In 2010, a BP-operated drilling rig called Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 people and spilling almost five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest oil spill in USA federal waters.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the leak was plugged just after 3:30 a.m. Monday when the salt water offset upward pressure.

Responders on Saturday night were able to enter the well house and connect hoses to valves.

BP was behind the worst oil spill in the United States: the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

While it's not uncommon for natural gas to escape from North Slope wells, an emergency of Friday's magnitude is rare, said Lois Epstein, Arctic Program Director for The Wilderness Society, an environmental group in Anchorage. In 2006, a BP well in Prudhoe Bay spilled about 267,000 gallons of oil, the largest in the region's history.

No people were at the well when it burst, and no injuries have been reported. They claim that two leaks had sprung, one at the well's top and one at the well's bottom. "However it is not now spraying crude oil". A second leak had been reduced but was still emitting gas, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation or ADEC said in a statement.

  • Zachary Reyes