At hearing scheduled on November 14, the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will consider governing the operation of development wells in all pools within the Prudhoe Bay Field with pressure communication or leaking in any casing, tubing or packer. This comes after an explosion at a BP-operated well seriously injured a worker and caused an oil spill. The AOGCC says the goal of the regulations is to make operations safer. Since an explosion of one well because of pressure problems in August, 260 wells have been highlighted as potentially problematic, requiring further safety tests.
BP manages the operations of 1,600 Prudhoe Bay wells, owned by BP, ExxonMobil and Phillips Petroleum.