State investigating oilfield fires, spills
BISMARCK - The Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, is working with fire officials in two counties to investigate the cause of two weekend fires at oil facilities.
BISMARCK – The Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, is working with fire officials in two counties to investigate the cause of two weekend fires at oil facilities.
Marathon Oil Co. reported on Saturday a fire at an oil well location about five miles north of Killdeer in Dunn County. Marathon estimates 247 barrels, or 10,374 gallons, of oil released and burned in the fire, the Oil and Gas Division said.
In addition, a fire reported Saturday by Tervita at the CCS Midstream Treatment Plant No. 1 near Alexander released about 2,000 barrels, or 84,000 gallons, of oil. Tervita was able to recover 100 barrels of oil, or 4,200 gallons, with the remaining burning in the fire, officials said.
A state inspector for the Oil and Gas Division has been to each incident and will monitor the cleanup.
The department also responded to a third incident over the weekend near Williston.
A hose failure caused about 300 barrels, or 12,600 gallons, of brine to release Saturday at a saltwater disposal well about eight miles northeast of Williston. Missouri Basin Well Service estimated 55 barrels of saltwater remained to be recovered, officials said Monday afternoon.