Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Incident Description
Location The rupture occurred behind Milne Point’s C pad, well #17. The Milne Point Unit is located approximately 20 miles west of the Greater Prudhoe Bay oil field, North Slope.
Product/Quantity BPXA initially reported the spill as approximately 200 gallons of produced water. At 10:00 AM February 9, 2007 BPXA revised the spill estimate to 1,050 gallons of produced water. Produced water is a mixture of saline water and crude oil from the formation.
Cause The 3” produced water line split due to inadequate thawing of the line prior to startup.
Time/Date of Incident BPXA discovered the spill on February 8, 2007 at 11:00 PM. The spill was reported to ADEC by the State Troopers at 11:30 PM on February 8, 2007.
Situation Reports
02/08/2007 (PDF 23K)
04/23/2007 (PDF 40K) -- FINAL updated
Maps/Aerial Photos

Aerial Photo of Milne Point C Pad showing the location of the line rupture, and the apparent extent of the spill. (provided by BP)

Larger versions:

400 x 517 (jpg 26K)
1700 x 2200 (jpg 741K)

For more information

Wes Ghormley, ADEC, 451-2164