Workers stop leak at Alaska well with salt water

Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche talks with colleagues during a break from hearing Friday

A BP oil and gas production well in Alaska's North Slope blew out Friday morning, and on Saturday afternoon, the well was still not under control as responders fought subfreezing temperatures and winds gusting up to 38 miles per hour. What's more, an earlier statement from the Unified Command Task Force tackling the spill said that the amount of oil leaked was small compared to the amount of gas that is being released.

"Based on an overflight with infrared cameras, the release appears to be contained to a".

But the platform is still venting gas from a leak associated with a damaged pressure gauge.

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. DEC is coordinating with BPXA and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to investigate the cause.

On Saturday night, responders from BP, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Alaska DEC were able to connect hoses to valves and bleed pressure from the space surrounding the well's underground steel pipe. The production of the North Slope rose to about 565,000 Barrels per day in the month of March, which was the highest since the year 2013's month of December.

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The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the leak was plugged just after 3:30 a.m. Monday when the salt water offset upward pressure.

While it's not uncommon for natural gas to escape from North Slope wells, an emergency of Friday's magnitude is rare, said Lois Epstein, Arctic Program Director for The Wilderness Society, an environmental group in Anchorage.

On Friday, an oil spill occurred at a well on the frozen tundra of Alaska's North Slope near Prudhoe Bay, The Wall Street Journal. So far, they report that no one has been injured and no wildlife impacted.

The North Slope is also home to vast underground reserves of natural gas, but the lack of a gas pipeline out of the region has kept companies from bringing any of it to market.

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