BP working to control damaged oil in Alaska

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. A second leak had been reduced but was still emitting gas, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation or ADEC said in a statement. "Based on an overflight with infrared cameras, the release appears to be contained to the gravel pad surrounding the wellhead and has not reached the tundra", BP spokesman Brett Clanton told The Associated Press Saturday (April 15).

The leak was initially discovered Friday morning when BP employees saw crude oil spraying out of the top of it.

BP PLC is trying to bring a well in Alaska under control after the site began leaking oil and other hydrocarbons, the company said Saturday.

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"The well is no longer leaking any gas or oil", Patience wrote.

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Oil droplets were confirmed on about 1.5 acres of the drill pad, responders said.

The volume of the leak hasn't been determined and the cause of the release is unknown, the department said.

BP was behind the worst oil spill in the United States: the 2010 Gulf oil spill. So far, they report that no one has been injured and no wildlife impacted. Output there rose to 565,000 bpd in March, its highest level since December 2013.

Alyeska Pipeline Service's Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, which runs from Prudhoe Bay south to Valdez, is not affected by this incident and is operating normally, Michelle Egan, a company spokeswoman, said.

BP has dealt with several spills and leaks in Alaska in the past.

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