30 Apr '14, 4pm

A week after Alaska OKs a big gas pipeline, another gas pipeline ruptures

A week after Alaska OKs a big gas pipeline, another gas pipeline ruptures

Patrik Sartz, Alaska DEC via Alaska Dispatch Oily brown where there should only be white. BP sprayed a fine mist of oil, natural gas, and water over 27 acres of tundra on Alaska’s North Slope on Monday. It’s still not known how much vaporized oil and gas were spilled during the two-hour natural-gas pipeline accident at Prudhoe Bay, where a large oilfield is located, nor how long it will take to repair the ruptured pipe. But here’s what we do know, thanks to the Alaska Dispatch : Such a large area of snow was covered because the leak occurred in the pipe’s 12 o’clock position, on top, and the pressurized gas sprayed crude oil and water into a strong wind, said Ashley Adamczak, a spokesperson with [the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation]. … The damage is a little more than a mile from the 2006 leak of a transit line that ultimately became the largest recorded sp...

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