BP Alaska oilfield leaks

One of BP’s oil fields in Alaska has closed after a spillage on Saturday afternoon. The Lisburne drill site was pressure testing new equipment when the incident took place. Around […]

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By Vicky Ellis

One of BP’s oil fields in Alaska has closed after a spillage on Saturday afternoon. The Lisburne drill site was pressure testing new equipment when the incident took place.

Around 50-100 barrels of methanol and produced water have been leaked on to the drilling’s gravel pads and 2,000 ft of surrounding tundra, according to estimates from the US government.

A response team has put out booms – sausage-like containment systems that trap spilled substances like oil – to fence in the leak. It has been contained on site, said a BP spokesperson.