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FNS Photo by Kathleen J. Bryan A truck leaves an area south of Watford City in McKenzie County, where workers tried to regain control of an oil well on Friday.

Equipment failure causes Whiting oil well blowout: Workers flee from site near Watford City

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WATFORD CITY — Crews were working Friday to regain control of an oil well south of Watford City after a blowout prompted 15 workers to flee for safety.

The oil well blowout occurred Thursday after a piece of equipment failed at a well about seven miles north of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit, said Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.

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