Underground oil leak leads to spill on Kenai Peninsula

Crews are cleaning up an oil spill of nearly 8,000 gallons (31,200 litres) at a Hilcorp facility on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.

The source of the spill at the Hilcorp Trading Bay production facility about 32 kilometres northwest of Kenai has been secured, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said in a situation report.

The spill was slop oil, or crude emulsified with water and solids. It's considered waste and can't be sold in a pipeline, the report said. It came from a leak in an underground line, and oil was spotted under and around a secondary liner.

Nine Hilcorp personnel on site recovered about 630 gallons (2,385 litres) of the oil after it was discovered Tuesday afternoon. Additional company personnel and a spill response team were en route Wednesday to assist.

The production facility is near the state-managed Trading Bay State Game Refuge and the Redoubt Bay Critical Habitat Area. The state said no impacts to wildlife had been reported so far.

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