Friday, February 14, 2014

Whiting "Out-Of-Control Well -- Southwest Of Watford City -- No Explosion, No Injuries, Minimal Spill


February 15, 2014: pretty much a non-story. Equipment failure resulted in "out-of-control" return of fracking fluid upon completion of fracking. It appears most, if not all, fracking fluid was contained within the berm. Whiting says operations should be back to normal by this weekend. 
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The Bismarck Tribune is reporting:
About 15 workers were evacuated from the location of an out-of-control Whiting Petroleum oil well five miles southwest of Watford City late Thursday afternoon.
McKenzie County Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson said no fire or explosion occurred, but oil and water blew a plume from the well until the company was able to divert the flow into its nearby storage tanks.
He said  the 15 workers were temporarily removed from the site by school bus to ensure their safety.
Dangerous, dangerous occupation. 

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