BP working to control damaged oil in Alaska

The BP leak comes as the remote North Slope, once home to the biggest USA oilfields, enjoys a resurgence as companies work to improve production from aging wells and extend their reach to new supplies; North Slope production rose to 565K bbl/day in March, its highest level since December 2013.

By looking at the aerial pictures that were released by the department, it seems that the release is under control and contained to the gravel pad only, which surrounds the head of the well. Fox News is reporting there are actually two leaks - one near the top and one further down the well assembly, says BP.

According to the Environment Protection Agency who made a statement on the current gas leakage on this remote locate in Deadhorse, Alaska, which says the petroleum giant BP who is conducting the drilling on this oil well found a crack on the wellhead.

BP spokesman Brett Clanton said the "unified command" of agencies had "killed the well" Sunday night.

Within an hour, they detected that the well also was spraying a mist of crude oil.

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ADEC earlier said in a statement that well pipe had temporarily "jacked up" or risen vertically about 3 feet to 4 feet, causing a pressure gauge to break off.

In 2006, a BP oil pipeline in Prudhoe Bay ruptured and spilled 215,000 gallons of crude oil over the North Slope. It has generated more than 12 billion barrels of oil, according to BP, and remains one of North America's largest oil fields. Environmentalists, describing the well as "out of control", called on the state to investigate.

Though no injuries or damage to wildlife had been reported, crews trying to secure the well had failed amid biting winds blowing up to 38 miles an hour.

The North Slope is also home to vast underground reserves of natural gas, but the lack of a gas pipeline out of the region has kept companies from bringing any of it to market. This last March, daily output in the area hit 565,000 bpd - the highest in more than three years.

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