Gas line ruptures at Prudoe Bay

BP and state officials are investigating a series of mishaps at the Prudhoe Bay oil field this week, including the dramatic rupture of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline.

A 7-inch-diameter steel pipe supplying gas to an oil well production pad blew Monday, flinging a pipe segment several feet long some distance away on the tundra, according to BP, the oil company that runs Prudhoe Bay, the nation's largest oil field.

No one was hurt and there was no spill or fire in that incident, according to BP and state regulators. However, natural gas in the line was released into the atmosphere.

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