"BP Starts Alaskan Oil Spill Cleanup, May Take Weeks"

"NEW YORK/ANCHORAGE -- BP Plc on Tuesday began cleaning up an oil spill from a leaky Alaskan pipeline, but said it has not determined what caused the leak or how much material spilled onto the snow-covered tundra.

The leak is the latest setback for the British oil giant. A major Alaskan spill in early 2006 revealed pipeline corrosion issues at BP-controlled Prudhoe Bay, the largest U.S. oilfield complex, which the company has sought to fix. ...

BP started removing oil mist from a road adjacent to the 18-inch (45-cm) diameter leaky pipeline, but response crews have not been able to reach the main spill area yet...."

Joshua Schneyer and Yereth Rosen report for Reuters December 2, 2009.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009