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Alaska officials probing BP oil & gas wells at Prudhoe Bay after spill

Gasoil News - Published on Wed, 16 Jan 2019

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Reuters reported that regulators in the US state of Alaska will investigate all of the oil and natural gas wells operated by BP Plc at its Prudhoe Bay oil field after the release of a small amount of crude oil and gas from a well that had earlier been shut. The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) has scheduled a February 7 hearing to assess the mechanical integrity of Prudhoe Bay wells operated by BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.

Last month's leak occurred at one of 14 wells that BP had shut in 2017 following a much bigger release oil and gas then. The most recent failure, detected on December 7, released natural gas and about two gallons of crude oil. The gas release was brought under control two days later. There was no oil released to the tundra and no one was injured

The earlier failure, in April 2017, caused crude oil to spray over a roughly 1 acre (0.4 hectare) area and caused natural gas to vent for days before it was brought under control. That well failure was linked to permafrost thaw. The normally frozen soil thawed, triggering movement that pushed the well up 3 to 4 feet (1.2 meters), breaking a pressure gauge that previously regulated the site, according to regulators.

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Wed, 16 Jan 2019
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