Apr 14, 2017

BP subsidiary reports oil spill in Alaska

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A BP subsidiary reported a crude oil spill in Alaska's North Slope Friday, per the AP. BP is the same company whose leak in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is regarded as the worst in U.S. history.

The situation in Alaska: Oil is spraying from a well onto a pad and potentially onto the snow-covered tundra, according to BP Exploration Alaska Inc. The volume is unknown according to The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and a cleanup will begin once the release has been controlled.

Context: Small spills that are contained immediately are somewhat common, but this is in Alaska, where cleanup resources might be less accessible. BP's 2010 spill was capped 87 days after the initial explosion.

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