Image 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.
<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/26609/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&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.A