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Well blowout in Alaska spews 42,000 gallons of drilling mud

February 20, 2012
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Environmental regulators are continuing cleanup preparations today for the area around an exploratory well blowout on Alaska’s North Slope, The Washington Post reported.

A crew drilling on a lease held by Repsol E&P USA Inc. penetrated a pressurized pocket of natural gas at 2,523 feet Wednesday.

The resulting kickback spewed out natural gas and an estimated 42,000 gallons of freshwater-based drilling fluid — also known as drilling mud — onto three acres, according to the story.

On Sunday, crews began clearing ice and drilling fluid from the drill floor area.

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