BP Amoco agrees to improve Slope spill response

Posted: Friday, May 05, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Amoco has promised to upgrade its oil spill readiness at four coastal and offshore fields on the North Slope, state environmental officials said Friday.

The company signed a spill-response agreement with the state Department of Environmental Conservation that covers the Point MacIntyre, Niakuk, Endicott and Northstar fields.

BP operates three of the fields now, and soon will take over operation at Point MacIntyre.

The pledge to improve follows an unsuccessful spill drill last fall in broken ice conditions.

BP and Arco Alaska Inc. had a number of equipment and organizational problems during the mock spill. Skimmers couldn't be deployed from barges, a barge ran aground on a shoal and containment boom kept breaking.

DEC said it plans more drills after giving BP some time to correct its response shortcomings.

State law requires oil companies to be able to contain and clean up a large spill within 72 hours.

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