Out of Control Well Killed in ND

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 @ 03:10 PM gHale

After workers lost control of a well in northwestern North Dakota Saturday, oil and saltwater continued to spill across the area until workers were able to shut it down Tuesday, officials said.

Oasis Petroleum North America, LLC, said it successfully killed the well located 15 miles south of White Earth, ND.

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Oasis crews pumped more than 33,000 gallons of a bentonite clay and water mixture down the well and plugged it. The well is now permanently shut down.

More than 67,000 gallons of oil had leaked from the well. In response to the spill, law enforcement and federal regulators closed several roads on Monday evening around the site due to concerns about the effects of leaking gas.

The incident began around 11 p.m. Saturday. State officials said a light sheen was visible on the White Earth River, just over a850 feet north of the well pad. Workers placed absorbent booms across the river to help keep the spill material from moving downstream.

Spill investigation program manager Bill Suess said crews recovered 73,920 gallons of oil and 84,000 gallons of saltwater as of Sunday evening.

Oasis spokesman Brian Kennedy on Monday said vacuum trucks continue to remove fluids from the well site.