Alaska Says BP Oil And Gas Leak Stopped

The U.K. company didn't say how much oil or natural gas may have spilled.

A full assessment of the affected area will be made and remediation plans developed once it's secured, BP said. The infamous Exxon Valdez, which in 1989 spilled tens of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Alaska, was carrying oil extracted from Prudhoe Bay.

Media covering the accident recall that this is not the first spill for BP's Alaskan operations, which account for over half of the state's oil and gas output. The good news is that based on aerial photographs of the well, the oil spill was contained in the gravel pad of the rig that is pumping oil and gas from the well. The spray of crude, along with "minor" oil leakage over the past few days, was fairly isolated and stopped leaking altogether Sunday, according to a statement from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The second leak is still leaking natural gas, as well as a small amount of crude oil said BP. This was found by the statement of the Environmental Conservation Department of the state.

The well is about five miles from the airport at Deadhorse, a remote town in northern Alaska that has been the service center for tapping the Prudhoe Bay oil field, the largest ever discovered in the United States. It has generated more than 12 billion barrels of oil, according to BP, and remains one of North America's largest oil fields.

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Authorities still don't know what caused the well to leak except that the wellhead cracked.

No people were at the well when it burst, and no injuries have been reported.

A subsidiary of BP is reporting a crude oil spill on Alaska's North Slope.

Within an hour, they detected that the well also was spraying a mist of crude oil. The production of the North Slope rose to about 565,000 Barrels per day in the month of March, which was the highest since the year 2013's month of December.

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