Oil wells to face additional scrutiny

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) An oil leak in north Alaska this year has led to changes in inspections.

    State oil and gas regulators ordered oil wells that share a similar design to one that failed earlier this year in northern Alaska to be shut in and reported to the state.  The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission order a review of thousands of oil wells in the North Slope by the end of this year.

    A subsidiary of BP leaked oil and gas at a well in April.  BP officials contend the leak was caused by a piece of buckled well casing.  They blame thawing permafrost around the well.

    The faulty oil well that leaked was an old design and authorities are unsure how many wells share that design and will need to be inspected.


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