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Workers plug leaking North Slope pipeline


April 20, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – An oil well leaking natural gas on Alaska’s North Slope has been successfully plugged, according to private and government responders.

BP Exploration Alaska Inc. confirmed Monday that its well five miles from the airport at Deadhorse was successfully “killed” overnight. The method of plugging the well was not immediately announced.

BP Exploration Alaska is a subsidiary of BP. Employees on Friday morning discovered uncontrolled natural gas flowing from the top of a well house, a metal structure that looks like a large box over a well.

About 45 minutes later,...

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