BLM stops leak in old well south of Barrow

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management has stopped a leak in an old well southeast of Barrow, the agency says.

The well about 50 miles from Barrow was drilled back in 1951 to a depth of 355 feet to gain information on a natural oil seep. A local resident noticed the leak last month and reported it to local officials.

BLM hired a contractor to install a new master valve and other parts to stop the leak.

BLM estimated 10 to 20 gallons of oil were released.

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