Alaska drilling company avoids oil spill during exploratory well project

Drillers encountered a sticky situation when 42,000 gallons of mud filled the area near Alaska's North Slope on February 15, 2012. However, the situation will require minimal environmental cleanup as no hazardous chemicals spilled during the leak, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Respol workers struck a natural gas patch roughly 2,600 feet deep near the mouth of the Colville River, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Ty Keltner said in a press release. The company has hired Texas-based Wild Well Control Inc. to provide cleanup assistance.

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