BP struggles to contain a natural gas leak in Alaska
A BP well on Alaska’s North Slope is still spewing vented natural gas, following an oil spill from the same well on Friday. According to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the well is no longer spraying crude oil, but workers have not been able to staunch the flow of natural gas.
The cause of the release remains unknown, as does the total amount of oil spilled by the leak. In an incident report released Sunday, however, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said that the spill does not appear to have spread past the drilling pad around the well, and that there have been no reports of injuries or harm to wildlife.
But the release of vented natural gas means that the well is still leaking methane, a potent greenhouse gas that traps heat 86 times more effectively than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period, into the atmosphere. So far, officials have triggered a safety valve to slow the release of natural gas from the well, but the well was still leaking as of Sunday afternoon.
After their oilpocalypse in the Gulf of Mexico and all the lies and PR spin they put on everything that happened there it is impossible to believe BP with regard to whether or not wildlife has been impacted or how much has spilled.
On another note, as the land masses and permafrost areas change due to abrupt climate change I wonder how infrastructure will be impacted?