Caelus Energy's North Slope oil spill estimated at 7,000 gallons

Published: Aug. 10, 2017 at 2:54 PM AKDT
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The Texas-based oil and gas company that discovered at least 6 billion barrels of oil under land in Northern Alaska last year is cleaning up more than 7,000 gallons of oil that leaked from their well.

Alaska's Energy Desk reports that Caelus Energy originally thought the spill in mid-June was just 5 gallons, but a gravel pad was brought in to prevent ground contamination after officials realized the scope.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Northern Region Manager, Tom DeRuyter, who is overseeing the response to the leak, says state officials think most of the spill was contained to the gravel pad, but about 3 gallons of oil made it out to the tundra.

Cleanup on the spill is ongoing.

Caelus officials declined to be interviewed, but have stated the company is working with the Department of Environmental Conservation to minimize damage.

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