BP struggles to contain a natural gas leak in Alaska

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BP struggles to contain a natural gas leak in Alaska

BP PLC is trying to bring a well in Alaska under control after the site began leaking oil and other hydrocarbons, the company said Saturday.

On Friday morning, leaks were discovered in the well due to which the spray of crude oil was stopped. The U.K. company didn't say how much oil or natural gas may have spilled. "Based on an overflight with infrared cameras, the release (of oil) appears to be contained to the gravel pad surrounding the wellhead and has not reached the tundra", Clanton said Saturday.

The leak initially was discovered Friday morning when BP employees saw crude oil spraying out of the top of the well, located at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope.

Responders determined the well had risen 3-4 feet, causing a pressure gauge to break off and preventing responders from pumping material into the well to kill it.

BP has previously seen a leak in the Alaska area as well. DEC is coordinating with BPXA and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to investigate the cause.

North Slope production rose to 565,000 barrels a day in March, its highest level since December 2013.

The leakage from an oil well in the direction of the cold arid tundra plains in the north, but the volume of leaks so far is still unknown, the U.S. news network ABC News reported. It has generated more than 12 billion barrels of oil, according to BP, and remains one of North America's largest oil fields. Fortunately, there were no reports on the matter of injuries or any kind of unintended harm towards the wildlife of Alaska. In 2006, a corroded pipeline released almost 5,000 barrels (bbl) of crude oil, the largest oil spill in the North Slope at the time.

Release on the top leak has been stopped "from that point" by the activation of a surface safety valve; however, the bottom leak has been reduced, but not stopped and is also releasing a minor amount of crude oil, according to the ADEC.

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