BP cleaning up Prudhoe Bay oil spill

|About: BP p.l.c. (BP)|By:, SA News Editor

Work crews for BP are clearing contaminated snow on Alaska's North Slope after a Prudhoe Bay well line ruptured, spraying a 34-acre area with crude oil and natural gas.

It is unclear whether the leak, detected earlier this week, is connected to a decline in North Slope oil production; since the spill was discovered Monday, production has dropped ~12K bbl/day to 521K from 533K and 551K on Saturday before the discovery.

The amount of liquid that has escaped from the line is under investigation by BP and Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation.