ND Oil Storage Tanks Burn

Monday, January 5, 2015 @ 02:01 PM gHale


Over 1,600 barrels of crude caught on fire just south of Williston, ND, Thursday after 8 of 12 storage tanks ignited while trucks were delivering oil, officials said.

The tanks were just across the street from a major Enbridge Inc crude oil facility. That facility did not appear to have suffered damage, officials said. In addition, there were no injuries in the incident.

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It was not immediately clear who owns the storage tanks that caught fire and emergency responders declined to comment. The tank battery does not appear on state regulators’ maps.

The crude damaged by the blaze is a small amount of the more than 1 million barrels produced each day in North Dakota, the second-largest oil-producing state in the United States.

The crude will likely have to burn off completely before the fire dies out, McKenzie County Deputy Sheriff Per Perez said.

The cause of the blaze remained under investigation, but foul play was not the cause, officials said.

The blaze started when two trucks were delivering crude to the 12-tank battery Thursday afternoon, officials said. Nearby residents reported hearing and feeling an explosion.

Each tank has a capacity of 210 barrels. All 12 of the tanks contained crude, Perez said, and eight of them caught fire.

As a part of the usual safety procedure, all trucks must end up grounded each time they deliver crude. It was not clear if both or either of the trucks ended up properly grounded to divert electrical discharge.

Drivers of both trucks got away safely, Perez said. An Enbridge spokeswoman was not available to comment.



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