There’s been another spill from a BP pipeline on the North Slope. The State Department of Environmental Conservation reports that more than 7,000 gallons of oily water was released from a 34-inch pipeline at Prudhoe Bay. The DEC report says most of the fluid was contained within a manifold building, but that about 2,000 gallons spread to a gravel pad, effecting about 3,000-square feet outside. BP used a vacuum truck to pick up the oil and water mixture. The company plans to employ jackhammers to break up and remove frozen product from the ground. The produced water system and affected well have been isolated. The cause of the spill is under investigation.
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
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