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ConocoPhillips reaches deals over Alaska spills

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm •  Published: December 17, 2012

Settlement figures were announced separately by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

The EPA said ConocoPhillips agreed to pay a $45,000 federal penalty for a spill from a 24-inch flow line that failed in December 2007. State investigators said the pipe spilled 2,870 gallons of contaminated water and 1,386 gallons of crude oil.

They blamed the leak on external corrosion caused by an anomaly in the manufacture of pipe insulation that allowed water to be drawn to the side wall of the pipe.

A leak detected 21 months earlier, on March 9, 2006, released 500 gallons of contaminated water and small amounts of crude oil. The DEC and the company concluded that the leak was caused by internal corrosion.

The settlement required ConocoPhillips to take remedial measures that included improved corrosion monitoring.

The state settlement called for civil penalties of $78,283 for the 2006 spill and $77,009 for the 2007 spill.