BPXA Flow Station 2 Crude Oil Overflow SITREP # 1
ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
Division of Spill Prevention and Response
Prevention and Emergency Response Program
BPXA Flow Station 2 Crude Oil Overflow
SITREP # 1
SPILL NUMBER: 12399914201
TIME/DATE OF SPILL: BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. (BPXA) discovered an overflow of crude oil from tank 1984 at Flow Station 2 processing facility at 2:00 p.m. on May 21, 2012. The spill was reported to ADEC at 5:01 p.m. on May 21, 2012.
TIME/DATE OF SITUATION REPORT: 4:00 p.m. on May 22, 2012
TYPE/AMOUNT OF PRODUCT SPILLED: BPXA Environmental staff and spill response technicians surveyed the site and estimated a spill volume of 4,200 gallons of crude oil and some produced water based on the surface area and depth of crude oil within the secondary containment. The above spill estimate is preliminary due to drifted snow inside the containment area.
INCIDENT LOCATION: BPXA East Operating Area, Flow Station 2, Prudhoe Bay.
CAUSE OF SPILL: The failure of process instrumentation and valves used to control the fluid level in tank 1984 during processing.
POTENTIAL RESPONSIBLE PARTY (PRP): BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. (BPXA)
RESPONSE ACTION: BPXA secured the area and dispatched spill response technicians to survey the site and determine the volume of the crude and produced water spill. Air monitoring is being conducted at the site to assure worker safety.
SOURCE CONTROL: Operators adjusted pump operating parameters to reduce the level of fluids in the tank.
RESOURCES AFFECTED: Impermeable secondary containment.
FUTURE PLANS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: BPXA will continue air monitoring at the site. Once the area is considered safe, an operator with a vacuum truck will recover free standing fluids (crude oil and produced water). Spill Response Technicians using hand tools and a light equipment will remove contaminated snow from within the secondary containment area. Contaminated gravel from within the containment area will be excavated and sent to the Grind and Inject Facility for disposal.
UNIFIED COMMAND AND PERSONNEL:
Incident Commander: Skip Desaulniers, BPXA
S.O.S.C.: Tom DeRuyter, ADEC
Field SOSC: Paul Lhotka, ADEC
WEATHER: Overcast, temperature 28°F, winds at 10 mph from the north.
TIME/DATE OF THE NEXT REPORT: As the situation warrants.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom DeRuyter, ADEC (907) 451-2145
AGENCY/STAKEHOLDER NOTIFICATION LIST: This situation report was distributed to the agencies listed on the standard distribution list and includes: governor’s office, Senator Begich’s office, SEOC, DOI, NMFS, and USFWS. This situation report was also distributed to the additional agencies and stakeholders.
Posted: May 22, 2012