61 gallons of crude oil spill at Oliktok Point

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

ANCHORAGE — About 61 gallons of crude oil sprayed out of a vent at the Eni production facility at Oliktok Point on Alaska’s north coast.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation estimates the oil polluted 60 cubic yards of snow and one cubic yard of gravel.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the oil spilled last Wednesday, 10 days after the new Nikaitchuq field started production in the Beaufort Sea.

The Italian oil company had about 80 percent of the area cleaned by the time DEC responders arrived.

Production wells continued working through the incident.

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