Oil and natural gas leak from a well in Alaska

Owen Stevens
April 21, 2017

A BP well on Alaska's North Slope is still spewing vented natural gas, following an oil spill from the same well on Friday.

The Environmental Protection Agency says a crack in a BP wellhead near Deadhorse sent up a mist of crude oil on Friday before it froze over and an initial leak stopped. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said Sunday that the well was still venting gas but not spraying any crude oil, adding that an investigation showed the crude. A second leak had been reduced but was still emitting gas, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation or ADEC said in a statement. Fortunately, there were no reports on the matter of injuries or any kind of unintended harm towards the wildlife of Alaska.

"Based on an overflight with infrared cameras, the release appears to be contained to a".

BP has dealt with several spills and leaks in Alaska in the past.

The state department also said that the exact volume of the leak is yet to be determined. BP said in their statement that the release hasn't reached the tundra surrounding the well.

The well is too unsafe at this time for a response team made up of state and federal energy officials and BP employees to get near the well.

"The well is no longer leaking any gas or oil", spokeswoman Dawn Patience told Bloomberg via email.

By Sunday responders had managed to close a valve that stopped the spray of oil. The deadly Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico forced BP to sell billions of dollars in assets and set aside more than $50 billion to pay for damages. This last March, daily output in the area hit 565,000 bpd - the highest in more than three years. Alyeska was a joint partnership led by the North Slope's top producers, BP, Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips.

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