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21 April 2017, 03:12 | Austin Hogan
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BP plc is still working to secure a well in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay field that began leaking hydrocarbons last Friday.
An oil well leaking natural gas on Alaska's North Slope has been successfully plugged, according to private and government responders. Based on aerial pictures, the release appears to be contained to the gravel pad surrounding the well head and hasn't reached the surrounding tundra, BP said in a statement.
"The top leak was misting oil in conjunction with releasing natural gas", the department said, but "the activation of the surface safety valve has stopped the release from that point".
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.
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.
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The BP leak comes on the heels of pipeline leaks in Alaska's Cook Inlet off Anchorage.
In 2010, a BP-operated drilling rig called Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 people and spilling almost five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest oil spill in USA federal waters.
BP and state regulators are investigating the cause. North Slope production was up to 565,000 barrels a day in March, its highest level since December 2013.
A subsidiary of BP is reporting a crude oil spill on Alaska's North Slope. There was also a second leak at the well, which was emitting gas at a much reduced rate.
The agency says the initial oil release may have affected an area of about one hectare and there were no reports of damage to wildlife.
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