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.
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.
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.
The 3” produced water line split due to inadequate thawing of the line prior to startup.