BP halts oil and gas leaking from North Slope well

first_imgImage from the incident location, taken during an overflight on April 14, 2017. Well 2 and the extent of crude misting is visible on the snow within the red-lined area. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation/BP Exploration (Alaska))BP announced Monday that a leak from one of its North Slope production wells was stopped at 3:35 am.Listen nowState regulators don’t yet have an estimate for how much oil and gas was released from the well. The cause of the incident also is still unknown.The well was spewing both gas and crude oil when BP first noticed the leak on Friday morning. State and federal regulators reported the well stopped spraying oil on Saturday after a safety valve was activated.The well continued venting natural gas until it was killed Monday morning by pumping salt water down the hole. BP is currently maintaining the water pressure until it can use a mechanical plug to secure the well. It’s not yet known when that plug can be installed.The initial response took place during challenging weather conditions, according to Suzanne Skadowski, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s public information officer for the incident.“It has continued to be very cold, and there have been pretty significant winds. Twenty to 30 miles per hour, upwards of 40 and 50 miles an hour,” Skadowski said.But Skadowski said the main challenge was the well itself. Two separate leaks had formed and the well had risen three to four feet out of the ground. This caused a pressure gauge to break off, which hindered efforts to kill the well.BP employees were forced to leave the pad during the incident and no injuries were reported.Regulators are investigating the leak’s impact on the environment, but an initial overflight indicated the crude spray didn’t reach the nearby tundra.Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Chair Cathy Foerster said her agency will observe the leak investigation, but there’s not yet any evidence that BP did something wrong.“We have no reason to believe that BP did anything that was regulatorily non-compliant. We have no reason to believe that human error was involved. We just don’t know,” Foerster said.Foerster said at the time of the incident, the well was producing about 300 barrels of oil and 30 million cubic feet of gas per day.The well is located about five miles from the Deadhorse airport, and the nearest community, Nuiqsut, is approximately 50 miles west of the pad.last_img read more

Hope returns to Australian hotel maket ANZPHIC

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/26609/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Australian hoteliers are beginning to relax as demand and revenue grows after more than two years of decline.At the tenth annual Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Hotel Industry Conference (ANZPHIC) held in Sydney last week, some 400 industry stakeholders breathed a collective sigh of relief at what was generally positive news.“What we heard was improving occupancies in 2010 for leading markets…supported by improving demand from key inbound visitor markets such as the USA and improving hotel investment demand from overseas investment markets,” ANZPHIC conference chair John Smith said.“It’s a combination of trends that will help to finally rebuild confidence as the industry continues the climb back from the challenges and disruptions of the past two years,” he added.  All major Australian cities experienced a growth in Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) in the year to May 2010 as industry data providers recorded a 24 per cent rise in RevPAR across the Asia Pacific region.This comes after a 19 per cent drop in RevPAR for Asia Pacific over the corresponding period in 2009.In the year to date, Sydney had the highest occupancy at an almost record-breaking 86 per cent while its room rate growth was moderate.With forecast average revenue growth of eight to ten per cent over the year ahead, Sydney’s prospects were rated highly by delegates at the conference. Brisbane was also expected to grow, but delegates were wary of Melbourne’s growth, questioning its ability to fill its new hotel room supply. Queensland’s Gold Coast was the big surprise, as occupancy and room rates rose from the brink of several years’ decline.As confidence in Australia’s hotel industry returned, so too did investors with Jones Lang LaSalle reporting AUD600 million worth of sales to overseas buyers achieved in recent months.Particular mention was made to the purchase of Four Points Darling Harbour by Singapore magnate Michael Kum. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Top stories A poisonous poop cocktail sexist peer review and 3D printed

first_imgAncient megadrought entombed dodos in poisonous fecal cocktailA new study suggests that about 4000 years ago, a prolonged drought on the island of Mauritius left native species, like dodo birds and giant tortoises, dead in a soup of poisonous algae and their own feces.Sexist peer review elicits furious Twitter response, PLOS apology Email Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe A peer reviewer’s suggestion that two female researchers find “one or two male biologists” to co-author and help them strengthen a manuscript they had written has unleashed an avalanche of disbelief and disgust on Twitter—and prompted an apology from the publisher of the journal they submitted to, PLOS ONE.Three-dimensional printed throat implants save three infantsThree-dimensional printed throat implants recently saved three newborn babies in the United States from near certain death. Researchers used CT scans to determine the exact shape of each boy’s trachea, and then designed matching implants, which worked so well that each baby was able to return home.Heartland danger zones emerge on new U.S. earthquake hazard mapAcross the U.S. heartland, an oil and gas boom has driven a surge of small to moderate earthquakes. Now, the U.S. Geological Survey has released a map that accounts for these human-caused earthquakes around the country.In symbolic blow, Native Hawaiian panel withdraws support for world’s largest telescopeTrustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs—a state agency established to advocate for Native Hawaiians—voted Thursday to withdraw their support for construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the summit of the Mauna Kea volcano. The vote follows weeks of protests by Native Hawaiians who say the massive structure would desecrate one of their most holy places. The protests have shut down construction of the telescope, which would be the world’s largest optical telescope if completed.This popular TV game show has a thing for science: What is Jeopardy!?The game show Jeopardy! is a national treasure—or at least a national fixture. But what goes on behind the scenes? Science took a look at the science behind Jeopardy!Think you have the science smarts to win Jeopardy!? Take our quiz and find out!center_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Countrylast_img read more