Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Drill Site 14 Crude Oil Spill

Incident Description
Location The release occurred at Drill Site 14, which is in the Greater Prudhoe Bay oil production field on the North Slope of Alaska.

BPXA reports that approximately 1.4 million standard cubic feet of natural gas and an estimated 10 – 30 barrels (420 – 1260 gallons) of crude oil were released as a mist. The mist settled onto the manifold building, pipes, tanks, and snow at Drill Site 14 (DS-14).

Cause The source of the spill is a weld failure in an artificial lift line that transports pressurized natural gas to Drill Site 14 for injection.
Time/Date of Spill The release was discovered on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at approximately 2:30 AM by BP Exploration- Alaska, Inc. (BPXA) personnel. The spill was reported to ADEC by BPXA via the Alaska State troopers at 3:40 AM on April 12, 2005
Situation Reports
04/12/2005 (PDF 40K)  
04/13/2005 (PDF 40K)  
04/14/2005 (PDF 40K)  
04/15/2004 (PDF 40K)  
04/18/2005 (PDF 42K)  
06/16/2005 (PDF 39K) -- FINAL  
View from a walkway on the west side of the manifold building. Photo showing the initial steps taken in the clean up effort. A spill technician uses a push broom to sweep lightly oiled snow into windrows. This photo shows a similar view to the first photo posted.  This was taken Thursday morning and shows the improvement in the area on the west side of the building.
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