An oil spill discovered at Prudhoe Bay field is the largest ever on Alaska’s North Slope region, US officials say. They estimate that up to 267,000 gallons (one million litres) of crude leaked from a corroded transit pipeline at the state’s northern tip. The spill was detected on 2 March and plugged. Local environmentalists have described it as “a catastrophe”. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez shipping disaster spilled 11m gallons (42m litres) of oil onto the Alaskan coast.
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