Alaska to review Prudhoe Bay field liabilities

Alaska Atty. Gen. David Marquez said a taskforce is reviewing the state’s legal rights regarding the partial shutdown on Prudhoe Bay oil field and the extent BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. might be held responsible for losses incurred by the state.BP plans to replace an estimated 16 miles of corroded pipeline along the 22-mile oil transit line following a small oil spill on the Alaska North Slope that was found in early August (OGJ, Aug. 14, 2006, p. 26).Last week, BP raised Prudhoe Bay field production to 220,000 b/d, slightly more than half of the normal level. The field’s eastern side remains almost completely shut in except for Point McIntyre, which is producing 18,000 b/d o...

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