Cross Timbers works on pipe problem

Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2001

KENAI (AP) -- Cross Timbers Oil Co. this weekend completed a temporary system to collect oil and contaminated produced water that was leaking from an eroded outfall pipe in Nikiski.

The broken pipe was discovered Wednesday by workers from Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response Inc., who were soaking up crude from a broken undersea pipeline from the Unocal Dillon Platform.

There is still no estimate of how much fluid came from the broken pipe, which had a hole several inches in diameter in an aboveground section just before it goes below the surface, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Company records indicate 50,400 gallons were pumped into the pipe in the 24 hours before it was shut down late Wednesday, DEC reported. Under a federal Environmental Protection Agency permit, Cross Timbers is permitted to pump produced water into Cook Inlet.

The temporary containment system will collect and control the water flow off the bluff, according to the company.

Operations on Cross Timbers' two inlet platforms continued unaffected. Discharge water from the operations was stored at the company's onshore facility until a temporary bypass pipe was laid Saturday.

Workers from Peak Oilfield Services Co. removed some visibly contaminated soil from the area around the leak using shovels and five-gallon buckets, the DEC said.

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