Leaks interrupt oil production

Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2001

KENAI - Unocal has halted production from its King Salmon Platform following the latest in a series of leaks from Cook Inlet oil and gas pipelines.

State environmental conservation officials said droplets of oil floating near the platform for about two weeks originally were believed to have come from the platform but an underwater source actually was to blame.

The platform had been producing about 9,000 barrels of crude oil and 3.6 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, said Unocal spokeswoman Roxanne Sinz. The gas was used as fuel on the platform.

Unocal shut production from the King Salmon Platform on Thursday and flushed the 8-inch diameter pipeline that carries crude oil to Trading Bay.

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