It’s sticky, gooey, gritty. And Alaska is fortunate to have a lot of it.
Working in the oil and gas industry in Alaska often means working in remote and inhospitable conditions, especially when the projects are located offshore.
This summer the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is targeting surface cleanup of high priority legacy wells in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), with the majority of the remediation work to be contracted for winter. Of these 136 abandoned exploratory and scientific wells drilled by the federal government between 1944 and 1982, only 16 have been properly plugged and remediated to Alaska standards.