More Oil Spills in ND

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 @ 08:02 AM gHale

North Dakota remains a hotbed of oil and gas drilling and production, but it also stays in the news for safety related incidents.

While they are not huge individually, the amount of spills adds up and leads to questions of if safety is a top priority out in the field. Just take a look at last week as health officials reported two oil spills in western North Dakota, the largest of them involving nearly 300 barrels.

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The North Dakota Department of Health said one spill was at a well site about eight miles east of Williston. Some of the 300 barrels of crude oil released sprayed off the location onto agricultural land.

Zavanna, LLC owns that site. The company says about 295 barrels have been recovered from within the storage tank containment dike.

The second spill was 20 miles northeast of Watford City. Officials say about 35 barrels released, some of which sprayed off and reached a small, frozen pond.

Newfield Production Company owns the site. The company said it recovered approximately 20 barrels. Health officials are at both scenes.

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