Alaskan authorities look into oil spill at Hilcorp terminal

Alaskan authorities look into oil spill at Hilcorp terminal

Environmental authorities in Alaska have announced they are investigating an oil spill that occurred last week at Hilcorp Energy’s Drift River shipping terminal.

A report from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) said the spill was caused by over-pressurization of a 20-inch fill line when workers were emptying two tanks to prepare for an inspection that happens once a decade.

Initial signs indicate that only around 40 gallons spilled. There were no signs of wildlife being harmed.

Hilcorp is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

The Drift River terminal is located on the west bank of Cook Inlet in the south of Alaska.

ADEC personnel will monitor the clean-up operation.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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