Division of Spill Prevention and Response

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Incident Description

Location BPXA East Operating Area, Drill Site 1, Prudhoe Bay.
Product/Quantity BPXA estimated a spill volume of 3,675 gallons, based on the engineered volume of the eight-inch seawater injection pipeline between the manifold building and Well 11. The pipeline contained freeze protection fluids, which consisted of a 60/40 methanol/water mixture, and crude oil. The fluids were released onto the gravel drill pad and into the reserve pit.
Cause The failure occurred during a well warm up procedure conducted in preparation for a mechanical integrity test on Well 11.
Time/Date of Incident BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. (BPXA) discovered a pipeline release of freeze protection fluids composed of a 60/40 methanol/seawater mixture and crude oil at Drill Site 1 at 3:20 p.m. on April 10, 2012. The spill was reported to ADEC at 3:50 p.m. on April 10, 2012.
Situation Reports
04/16/2012 (PDF 1 MB)
04/12/2012 (PDF 633K)
 
Photos
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DS1 Well 11 cleanup. Digging under pipeline. (Photo Date 4/21/2012) DS1 Well 11 cleanup. Digging under pipeline. (Photo Date 4/21/2012) DS1 Well 11 cleanup. Digging under pipeline. (Photo Date 4/21/2012)  
DS1 Well 11 cleanup. Digging under pipeline. (Photo Date 4/21/2012) DS1 Well 11 cleanup. Digging under pipeline. (Photo Date 4/21/2012) DS1 Well 11 cleanup. Digging under pipeline. (Photo Date 4/21/2012)  

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For more information

Ashley Anderson (DEC) -- 907-322-8684