BP's leaking Alaska well stops spraying crude oil, still emitting gas

Ice covers a portion of Cook Inlet earlier this month. Divers stopped a leak from a Hilcorp Alaska natural gas pipeline in 80 feet of water this week in the inlet where endangered beluga whales live

BP Tries to Secure Leaking Oil and Natural Gas Well in Alaska

A spokesman for Alaska's local authorities said the clean-up would only begin after the leak from the oil well had stopped.

In Anchorage, Alaska, a large team of oil crews are busy to stop the leakage in a state's oil well, which gone rogue after an unpredicted explosion occurred in the well just after evasion of natural gas, said a federal official.

The network said other quantities of natural gas were leaking from the site along with crude oil and investigations were underway to find out the causes of the accident.

Based on aerial pictures, the release appeared to be confined to the gravel pad surrounding the well head and had not reached the surrounding tundra, BP said.

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.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says workers Saturday night were able to connect hoses to valves that allow pressure in the well to be reduced.

BP Plc is working to secure an ongoing natural gas leak in a well on Alaska's North Slope that also sprayed crude oil for three days before that release was capped. Environmentalists, describing the well as "out of control", called on the state to investigate.

The public image of BP is still recovering from the 2010 explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 people and affected beaches and wetlands. Output there rose to 565,000 bpd in March, its highest level since December 2013.

ADEC says the time of the spill is unknown but it was reported Friday morning. In 2006, a corroded pipeline released almost 5,000 barrels (bbl) of crude oil, the largest oil spill in the North Slope at the time. The second leak is still leaking natural gas, as well as a small amount of crude oil said BP.

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