ConocoPhillips Reaches Deals Over Alaska Spills

U.S. and Alaska environmental officials have reached an agreement with ConocoPhillips to settle environmental claims in the state from spills in 2006 and 2007.

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by Megan Mazurek

ANCHORAGE - U.S. and Alaska environmental officials have reached an agreement with ConocoPhillips to settle environmental claims in the state from spills in 2006 and 2007.

Both spills were from corroded flow lines in the Kuparuk (koo-PAR'-uk) Unit petroleum facility.

The Environmental Protection Agency says ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. agreed to pay a $45,000 penalty for a spill from a 24-inch flow line that failed in December 2007, allowing 102 barrels of mixed water and crude oil to hit the ground.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation announced agreements from that incident plus a March 2006 spill.

ConocoPhillips will pay costs of the state investigation and civil assessments totaling $155,292.

ConocoPhillips spokeswoman Natalie Lowman says by email that lessons learned from the incidents have been applied to the company's integrity management program.

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