- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - ConocoPhillips has reported a 3,500-gallon leak of a drilling mud, brine and diesel mixture following a gasket failure at a Kuparuk drill site.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said the release was discovered early Monday morning and reported to the state several hours later.

The department, in a report, says about half of the mixture spilled to a gravel pit and the rest to a closed reserve pit. The department says the spilled material had frozen and was not spreading.

ConocoPhillips Alaska spokeswoman Natalie Lowman says there were no injuries or environmental impacts from the leaked waste drilling fluids. She said there also was no production impact.

She said cleanup is progressing faster than expected and the spill volumes are expected to be less than initially reported.

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