Workers relieve pressure on leaking Alaska oil well

Just when it was starting to recover from the Deepwater Horizon fallout, BP has had to report another accident, though much smaller in scale: a well in the North Slope in Alaska has been spewing crude and natural gas for three days.

The leak is at the BPXA Drill Site 2 (DS2) pad, Well 3, and oil and natural gas well, in the Greater Prudhoe Bay area, about five miles from the Deadhorse Airport, according to a Sunday update from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Responders on Saturday night were able to enter the well house and connect hoses to valves. "There have been no reports of impacted wildlife".

The leakage from an oil well in the direction of the cold arid tundra plains in the north, but the volume of leaks so far is still unknown, the United States news network ABC News reported.

The North Slope is also home to vast underground reserves of natural gas, but the lack of a gas pipeline out of the region has kept companies from bringing any of it to market.

Various state and federal agencies are gathering at BP's North Slope command post to respond to the situation. The oil producer had retained Halliburton Co's (HAL.N) well control specialists to kill the well, the spokesman said. Both BP and ADEC, which used an airborne infrared camera to examine the scene, say that the vast majority of the spray landed on the drilling pad.

According to Bloomberg, BP is now "putting together a plan to plug the gas leak". North Slope production was up to 565,000 barrels a day in March, its highest level since December 2013.

Alaskan North Slope crude was valued at $1.80 a barrel over US benchmark West Texas Intermediate on Monday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

"The well is no longer leaking any gas or oil", spokeswoman Dawn Patience told Bloomberg via email.