Division of Spill Prevention and Response


GC-2 Tank 8511 Spill

Incident Description
Location Prudhoe Bay, Western Operating Area, Gathering Center 2 (GC-2)
Product/Quantity BPXA has estimated the spill volume at 255,152 gallons of produced water and 126 gallons of crude oil.
Cause The investigation determined that the cause of the release was mechanical failure involving the agitation jets used to suspend solids near the bottom of the tank. Misalignment of a jet caused a hole to erode through the bottom of the tank.
Time/Date of Incident The spill was discovered at approximately 10:00 AM on December 19, 2006 and reported to ADEC by BPXA at 10:25 AM.
Situation Reports

12/19/2006 (PDF 33K)

12/20/2006 (PDF 37K)
12/21/2006 (PDF 37K)
12/26/2006 (PDF 33K)
04/16/2007 (PDF 35K)
12/03/2007 (PDF 37K) -- FINAL
Produced Water Is Being Removed With The Vacuum Truck Spicer Tank Used To Store Oil and Produced Water Recovered From Tank 8511 Valves Under the Tank Are Being Cleared of Ice With Heat Lines Produced Water Flowing From Under tank 8511
For more information

Tom DeRuyter 451-2145