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Oil spills from Prudhoe pipeline
Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 29th, 2009 10:57 PM | Associated Press

Posted on 11/30/2009 5:02:20 AM PST by thackney

Authorities say an oil spill near Prudhoe Bay contaminated about 8,400 square feet of snow-covered tundra.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Weld Royal said oil cleanup crews rushed to the scene about 1 1/2 miles from a production center on the North Slope around 3 a.m. Sunday.

She told The Associated Press that it still isn't clear how much spilled or what caused it, but the petroleum did not reach the bay.

The spill occurred around an 18-inch pipeline that carried a mixture of crude oil, produced water, and natural gas, but the line was not in operation at the time.

(Excerpt) Read more at adn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: energy; oil; oilspill; pipeline; prudhoe

1 posted on 11/30/2009 5:02:20 AM PST by thackney
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BP reports oil spill near Prudhoe Bay
http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?S=11588990

An oil spill on the North Slope was reported Sunday.

The spill was discovered just after 3 a.m., about 1.5 miles from the Lisburne Production Center west of Prudhoe Bay.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the spill came from an 18-inch three-phase common line carrying a mixture of crude oil, produced water and natural gas. British Petroleum says the pipe is an above-ground flow line that has recently but not currently been in operation, and had some residual oil in the line.

“BP estimates 8,400 square feet of snow-covered tundra and part of a gravel road have been impacted,” said DEC’s Weld Royal. “The spill is not far from Prudhoe Bay, but no oil has been seen in the waters of Prudhoe Bay.”

Officials describe the spill as slowly running down a pipe support post and piling up in a frozen, congealed cone-shaped pile.

The cause of the spill is still being investigated. The total amount spilled is still unknown.


The spill happened in an area 1.5 miles east of the Lisburne Production Center. (Courtesy Department of Environmental Conservation)


This thermal image shows the spill area expanding from below pipes onto a gravel road. (Courtesy Department of Environmental Conservation)

2 posted on 11/30/2009 5:05:10 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

This is A MILLION square inches of pristine wilderness! The horror of it all. It probably was Palin’s fault. Jail her!


3 posted on 11/30/2009 5:05:15 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (The trouble liberals isn't that they are ignorant; it is that they know so much that isn't so.)
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To: thackney

That’s smaller than the s.f of my business here, on rock hard permafrost that won’t seep a 1/4” deep.

Scape in a puddle, suck it up and in a couple of years no one will even know it ever happened. Too bad the anti-oil idiots will make such a big to do about nothing.


4 posted on 11/30/2009 5:07:55 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: norwaypinesavage

“How can you take her seriousley as a presidential candidate when she can’t even control a pipeline. I bet it was her husband’s snowmobile buddies who ran into it.”(sarc)


5 posted on 11/30/2009 5:11:25 AM PST by maine yankee
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To: Abathar
It is minor. Too bad environmentalists cannot comprehend the immense effort that goes into keeping Alaska “clean and pristine”. When oil is produced in Alaska, the environment is protected. When oil production is pushed to 3rd world nations, spills are not even considered until the volume is large enough to be an economic consideration.

State of Alaska > DEC > SPAR > Prevention and Emergency Response Program > Incident Home
LPC-DSL3 Pipeline Spill
http://www.dec.state.ak.us/SPAR/perp/response/sum_fy10/091129301/091129301_index.htm

This spill, although minor, will be tracked and the clean up made public. It will be very well documented and open for all to review and criticize.

6 posted on 11/30/2009 5:12:06 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

OMG! OMG! PING


7 posted on 11/30/2009 5:12:47 AM PST by SF_Redux
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To: norwaypinesavage

Ice road truckers fault.


8 posted on 11/30/2009 5:14:47 AM PST by DWC (what do kids know about)
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To: Abathar

“Scape in a puddle, suck it up and in a couple of years no one will even know it ever happened. Too bad the anti-oil idiots will make such a big to do about nothing.”

8400 square feet !!!!!
All of Alaska will die !!!!
I mean the state has only 3,096,255,360 square feet.


9 posted on 11/30/2009 5:15:19 AM PST by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: SF_Redux

You are pinging me to my own thread???


10 posted on 11/30/2009 5:18:34 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

nope, pinging me to make this easy to find later


11 posted on 11/30/2009 5:32:07 AM PST by SF_Redux
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To: SF_Redux

Okay.

Since you are relatively new, did you know you can delete the name in the “To:” field and your reply will not appear in the other person’s ping list.

Also it is common for people to use the term “bookmark” to identify their post as not a reply or inquiry to others; rather only a placeholder to find in the future.

Cheers.


12 posted on 11/30/2009 5:40:47 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: DWC

The Canadian ones at that. Blame Canada.


13 posted on 11/30/2009 5:41:30 AM PST by pas
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To: thackney

I was new in 98’.. but I still slip once in awhile


14 posted on 11/30/2009 5:41:55 AM PST by SF_Redux
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To: thackney

8400 ft² = 0.192837 acres


15 posted on 11/30/2009 5:42:47 AM PST by Repeal The 17th (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: thackney

Looks like some one left the oil tap on in Al Gore’s house.

“Utility records show the Gore family paid an average monthly electric bill of about $1,200 last year for its 10,000-square-foot home.”
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/02/28/politics/main2522844.shtml


16 posted on 11/30/2009 5:45:06 AM PST by BilLies
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To: thackney

You very well might be sleep-posting. I’ve seen it happen!


17 posted on 11/30/2009 5:45:21 AM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

I’ve certainly done worse things myself.

But any reply is worth bumping my own thread.

(Look at me, Look at me, over here, Look at me...)


18 posted on 11/30/2009 5:50:17 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

I love your threads and appreciate your postings. I’ve learned more about the petroleum industry than I’d ever known or could find out alone.

Thanks. You’ve helped me make many liberals miserable with all your hard facts and data. They really hate reality.


19 posted on 11/30/2009 6:01:21 AM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: thackney

I thought Pruhome was all but over.


20 posted on 11/30/2009 6:13:11 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: thackney

I love your threads and appreciate your postings. I’ve learned more about the petroleum industry than I’d ever known or could find out alone.

Thanks. You’ve helped me make many liberals miserable with all your hard facts and data. They really hate reality.


21 posted on 11/30/2009 6:14:10 AM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: thackney

The 8,400 sq. ft. footprint is less than one-third the size of the footprint of John Edwards’ 28,200-square-foot North Carolina house and the enviros aren’t protesting that. And....the Edwards’ house is permanent....the oil spill is probably all cleaned up by now.


22 posted on 11/30/2009 6:26:56 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: thackney
BP reports oil spill near Prudhoe Bay

Just damn!

23 posted on 11/30/2009 6:51:59 AM PST by houeto (Free Republic will not support RINOS!! Rudy McRomney, et al, can go straight to hell!! -JR)
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To: thackney
Too bad environmentalists cannot comprehend the immense effort that goes into keeping Alaska “clean and pristine”.

That would be too easy and totally against their radical agenda.

24 posted on 11/30/2009 6:53:22 AM PST by b4its2late (Before you can control a horse, you have to break it. Sound familiar?)
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To: freekitty

Two points:

First, it is important not to confuse Prudhoe Bay with all of the Alaskan North Slope, although some media reports will mix these terms up. Prodhoe Bay is one of more than 30 fields Oil fields already drilled on the North Slope. But it was the first and was the largest.

Production is reduced, but continues. Currently there are a lot of enhanced oil recovery methods being used to recover more of the oil in place. Prudhoe Bay field is currently expected to recover ~60% of the oil in place, which is very high compared to most fields.

Of the fields already tapped (important distinction) Prudhoe Bay remains the largest remaining reserve with current production technology.

At the time of this report (most current) Prudhoe Bay was producing more barrels per day than any other field. But I believe since then (2006 data) Alpine may have exceeded it.

More info at:
Alaska, Division of Oil and Gas 2007 Report
Section Three, Historic and Forecast Production
http://www.dog.dnr.state.ak.us/oil/products/publications/annual/2007_annual_report/3_HistProj_2007.pdf


25 posted on 11/30/2009 7:17:29 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

In other news, I dropped a dollop of shaving cream on my bathroom floor and wiped it up. That had a greater impact on my house than this spill had on Alaska.


26 posted on 11/30/2009 7:18:43 AM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: Repeal The 17th
"8400 ft² = 0.192837 acres"

I noticed the same thing. I guess 84,000 square feet sounds a lot scarier than about a fifth of an acre. What we really need are scientific projections of polar bear and caribou deaths directly related to this enormous environmental disaster.

27 posted on 11/30/2009 7:44:14 AM PST by Fetid Facts (Under Democrats, "The law is a ass--a idiot.")
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To: thackney

LOL

I worked the Komi oil spill (back in 95) - the oil was 3 to 9 meters deep in places. Now, THAT was a spill.

http://www1.american.edu/ted/KOMI.HTM has some of the details - but even this is inaccurate. Up to the time of Gulf War I and Saddam blew the oil perminal, this was the biggest land spill to date.

SPOT has some good images as well.


28 posted on 11/30/2009 7:55:34 AM PST by ASOC (This space is for Sale or Rent - just like CONgress)
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To: thackney

BP has a very good spill responce team up there that is well equipped. I was working in Prudhoe until September this year. People don’t understand just how much effort they put into prevent and respond to spills. BP will not allow a cup of coffee to be poured out on the tundra!


29 posted on 11/30/2009 9:51:49 AM PST by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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To: pas

I like hugh and alex.


30 posted on 11/30/2009 10:12:29 AM PST by DWC (what do kids know about)
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