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Manuel Armenta | 21 Abril, 2017, 03:19

In Anchorage, Alaska, a large team of oil crews are busy to stop the leakage in a state's oil well, which gone rogue after an unpredicted explosion occurred in the well just after evasion of natural gas, said a federal official.

The leakage from an oil well in the direction of the cold arid tundra plains in the north, but the volume of leaks so far is still unknown, the USA news network ABC News reported.

BP did not have an estimate available for the volume of oil and natural gas spilled.

A spokesman for Alaska's local authorities said the clean-up would only begin after the leak from the oil well had stopped. A second leak had been reduced but was still emitting gas, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation or ADEC said in a statement.

The Environmental Protection Agency said a crack in a BP wellhead near Deadhorse sent up mist of crude oil on Friday before it froze over and an initial leak stopped. Both BP and ADEC, which used an airborne infrared camera to examine the scene, say that the vast majority of the spray landed on the drilling pad.

By looking at the aerial pictures that were released by the department, it seems that the release is under control and contained to the gravel pad only, which surrounds the head of the well.

BP was behind the worst oil spill in the United States: the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Responders were unsuccessful on Friday night due to damage to a pressure gauge. Hilcorp Alaska has discovered several oil and natural-gas leaks in pipelines, but ice made had it impossible to fix the leaks.

The site was also venting natural gas from two locations: a leak near the top of the well, and another lower down.

There were no reports of harm to nature or injuries.

BP had a 201,000-gallon oil spill in March 2006 and a smaller spill five months later that ultimately caused it to halve production at Alaska's Prudhoe Bay for several weeks.