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BP workers discover "uncontrolled gas release" at North Slope well house

21 April 2017

BP PLC and local and federal authorities successfully brought under control an onshore well on the North Slope of Alaska that began leaking oil and gas last week, the company said Monday morning.

Workers from the Alaska Department of Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday night were able to connect hoses to valves that allow pressure in the well to be reduced, according to a statement from the state conservation department.

An earlier report by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said pressure in the well had caused the well assembly and equipment to "jack up", or rise, three to four feet, hampering efforts to shut off the gas leak.

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There were no reports of harm to nature or injuries.

Clanton said BP is focused on safely securing the well.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, which runs from Prudhoe Bay south to Valdez, isn't affected by this incident and is operating normally, Michelle Egan, a company spokeswoman, said by telephone Sunday. But the continuing natural gas leak continues to be a problem.

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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 United States news network ABC News reported. But its infamous 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill focused the world's attention on the environmental and economic importance of the Gulf of Mexico.

North Slope production rose to 565,000 barrels a day in March, its highest level since December 2013. Afterwards, BP must coordinate a cleanup with its internal oil spill response organization and Alaska Clean Seas, a nonprofit that specializes in oil spill response.

"The well is no longer leaking any gas or oil", spokeswoman Dawn Patience told Bloomberg via email.

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