Another Spill, Fire at ND Well Sites

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 @ 02:12 PM gHale

Another week, another oil spill in North Dakota.

That seems to be the refrain of late as the North Dakota Department of Health said Monday it is monitoring a spill of saltwater and oil in Billings County, where some reached a small tributary of the Little Missouri River.

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The amount of material spilled is around 650 barrels of saltwater and 20 barrels of crude oil, the Health Department said.

Midland, TX-based BTA Oil Producers LLC owns the well site. A report of the spill came into the Health Department Sunday afternoon.

Dennis Fewless, water quality director for the Health Department, said the spill is about 4½ miles west of the Little Missouri River and about 15 miles northwest of Medora.

Fewless said the materials seeped from the well site “about a half-mile down the drainage” where the company has set up temporary dams in order to collect the material.

The well site also borders U.S. Forest Service land, which is where the spill leaked. Fewless said the Health Department is monitoring the spill and cleanup.

The spill was one of two reports involving well sites over the weekend. State agencies also received a report of a fire at a saltwater disposal well site.

A call came into the Department of Mineral Resources Oil and Gas Division about a saltwater disposal well fire on Sunday in McKenzie County.

According to a Department of Mineral Resources statement, the fire was at a site about 14 miles east of Watford City.

The fire ended up reported by Landtech Enterprises, LLC, of Sidney, MT. The company reported an unspecified amount of equipment damage due to fire and smoke. No fluids released.

The Oil and Gas Division has dispatched an inspector to the site.

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