Tuesday, August 2

BP pipeline leaks oily mixture on Alaska tundra

LONDON/anchorage - BP reported a pipeline leak on the Alaskan oil fields still frustrating the oil Giants attempts, his call for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to create.

BP said on Monday that a pipeline in its 30,000 barrels per day of Lisburne field, which currently maintenance closed, broken during testing and spilled a mixture of methanol and oily water on the tundra.

The London-based company has a long history of oil spills with his Alaskan pipelines - accidents that have hurt his public image in the United States, where around 40 percent of its assets are based.

The Alaska Department of environmental conservation said the accident occurred on Saturday and amounted to 2,100 to 4,200 gallons.

A BP spokesman said the cleanup was under way and the company would cause determine "in due time."

Before maintenance work require a longer shutdown Lisburne, which as part of the greater Prudhoe Bay unit is managed, has since June according to Alaska produces no oil oil and gas Commission.

The spokesman said that the "annual maintenance" box. subject, had

BP is good from Macondo caused the worst offshore oil spill of in U.S. history, spit nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf and put endangered blown by BP future in the United States.

Earlier problems including leaks from corroded pipes in Alaska and the major Texas City refinery explosion in 2005 had earned already somewhat a bad reputation for security, the company, say analysts, that it needs to address if they continue to grow in North America.

BP shares fell 1.089 percent to 454 pence at 0919 GMT.

While officials said the spill Alaska addressed production from the entire field of Lisburne is switched off.

Immediate efforts containment and cleanup, are aligned, said Tom DeRuyter, State scene coordinator for the Department of environmental conservation.

That produced methanol-water mixture has spread, on wet tundra, as well as on a gravel pad, so that risks, slow-growing vegetation, DeRuyter said.

"You have actively growing plants and they are very susceptible to the harmful substances," he said.

The pipeline also dug for an investigation of why it must not allow, he said.

Resumption of the normal operation of part of the field may require a relatively long wait, DeRuyter said.

"I think they look while trying to get this pad before Einfrieren-Up, back up,", he said.

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