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North Slope oil spill cleanup completed

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The Department of Environmental Conservation says crews have completed the cleanup of a North Slope oil spill.

About 46,000 gallons of crude oil and oily water spilled Nov. 29 from an 18-inch flowline that froze and ruptured along a 2-foot tear.

The line operated by BP Exploration carried the oil, water and natural gas to the Lisburne Processing Center for separation.

It had been shut down by ice plugs.

The department's on-scene coordinator, Tom DeRuyter, said crews hauled away the oily snow and tundra.

The next step is restoration. BP will backfill the site and then cover it with tundra peeled away from another area being used as a gravel mine.



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