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Incident Description

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Location Flow Station 2 Production Facility, East Operating Area, Prudhoe Bay Unit.
Product/Quantity BPXA estimates 200 gallons of produced fluids released into three of the four fresh water filled, flare containments at FS-2. The fluids released contain approximately 140 gallons of produced water and 60 gallons of crude oil. Three flare pits have a bath-tub ring of black oil that varies from two to 14-inches, and sheen was observed in the water.
Cause The release was discovered by a BPXA employee. FS-2 was shut-in one day after the release was discovered. The cause of the spill is under investigation
Time/Date of Incident A BP Exploration Alaska (BPXA) employee discovered a release of produced fluids and crude oil in the primary flare containment of the Flow Station 2 (FS-2) facility in the Prudhoe Bay Unit at 2:30 PM on July 21, 2011. The spill was reported to the Alaska State Troopers at 5:11 PM. Alaska State Troopers reported the spill to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation after hour duty officer.
Situation Reports
07/29/2011 (PDF 1660K) -- FINAL
07/25/2011 (PDF 360K)
 
 
Photos
Aerial photo of site Aerial photo of FS2 Flare Field    
       
Spill Responders removing oiled sediments from the flare pit at the BPXA Flow Station 2 Production Facility.  Photo Date July 24, 2011. View of the crude oil "bathtub ring" under the flare piping. (Photo date 7/24/2011) View of the final containment.  
Spill Responders removing oiled sediments from the flare pit at the BPXA Flow Station 2 Production Facility. Photo Date July 24, 2011. View of the crude oil "bathtub ring" under the flare piping. (Photo date 7/24/2011) View of the final containment.  
A PENCO Spill Technician lays down the bentonite between the two layers of geotextile material.    
A PENCO Spill Technician lays down the bentonite between the two layers of geotextile material. A PENCO Spill Technician finishing up the gravel cover on the liner.    
For more information
John Ebel at 907-451-2102