New proposed bylaws would change how the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council can spend its trust funds and expand the oil spill’s original boundaries to incorporate an ecosystem approach.
The state says nearly 8,000 gallons of “slop oil” leaked out of an underground line at Hilcorp’s onshore Trading Bay production facility.
The emergency order comes after BP blamed an April oil and gas spill on a piece of a flawed well design and thawing permafrost.
The state reports that over 7,000 gallons of oil leaked from a North Slope well owned by Caelus Energy.
The oil and gas company Hilcorp says a dive team managed to install a clamp on its pipeline late Thursday night, after a week of work and 12 dives.
The company also now says it believes an oil sheen spotted near one of its platforms did not come from a pipeline leak, as originally thought.
The state is fairly confident the final estimate for the oil spill in Cook Inlet won’t exceed 10 gallons, but pinning down exactly how much oil escaped won’t be easy.
The state doesn’t have its own estimate for how much oil was released into Cook Inlet or knowledge of what caused the leak. It’s latest in a string of incidents for Hilcorp, facing a wave of scrutiny from regulators and environmental groups.
State regulators on Monday said a leak from a crude oil pipeline in Cook Inlet was halted successfully.
One Alaskan thinks he’s figured out a better way to do clean up oil spills. He doesn’t work in a lab, he doesn’t have any fancy degrees and he’s not backed by the government or a big company. But some experts think he might be on to something.