As BP tries to rebuild their reputation post-Deepwater Horizon, the company
has reported yet another pipeline leak at their Alaskan oilfields with an
oily water and methanol spill from a ruptured pipeline spilling 2,100 to
4,200 gallons onto Alaskan tundra.

BP announced that the pipeline leak took place at their currently closed for
maintenance, 30,000 barrel-per-day Lisburne field. They said that the pipe
suffered a rupture during a test, spilling a mixture of methanol and oily
water into the Alaskan surroundings, only adding to a long history of spills
in the U.S. state and following the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the amount of
spillage at 2,100-4,200 gallons from the incident on Saturday, July 16 at
the Greater Prudhoe Bay Unit-managed facility.

A BP spokesman stated that the field was undergoing annual maintenance, and
said the cleanup was underway. They also stated that the company would
determine the cause of the rupture in due course.

BP’s field operations in Alaska

The Lisburne field had not produced any oil since June 18, according to
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission records. This assumes that the
maintenance work taking place by BP was requiring a prolonged shutdown
period.
The methanol/oil leakage has spread into the wet tundra, as well as a gravel
pad, posing threats to slow-growing vegetation, Tom DeRuyter, state on-scene
coordinator for the Department of Environmental Conservation reports.
All production at the Lisburne field remains shut off while the spill is
cleaned up, according to Alaskan officals.

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