Division of Spill Prevention and Response

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Incident Description

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Location Milne Point Central Facilities Pad, North Slope
Product/Quantity Produced crude and water. BPXA and Oasis Environmental estimate the final volumes of fluids released at 96.4 barrels of crude (4,048.8 gallons) and 136 barrels of produced water (5,712 gallons). The area impacted remains the same at 6,030 square feet (0.138 acres) of gravel pad.
Cause Overflow of sand slurry tank and secondary containment. The final investigation determined that the automated flow control system failed to respond as required. BPXA has reconfigured the control system with a backup system that will respond in the event of any future failures.
Time/Date of Incident BP Exploration Alaska (BPXA) discovered the spill at approximately 3:00 AM on January 12, 2009, and reported the spill to ADEC via the Alaska State Troopers at 4:19 AM.
Situation Reports
01/12/2009 (PDF 32K)
01/14/2009 (PDF 37K)
01/20/2009 (PDF 38K)
01/13/2010 (PDF 119K) -- FINAL
Photos
Pooled crude and produced water under Module 54. Pooled oil and produced water under Module 54. Pooled oil and produced water. Area is being surveyed to calculate volume released. Sand slurry tank, point of release.
Pooled crude and produced water under Module 54. Pooled oil and produced water under Module 54. Pooled oil and produced water. Area is being surveyed to calculate volume released. Sand slurry tank, point of release.
For more information

Ed Meggert, ADEC - Fairbanks, (907) 451-2124