Equipment failure results in oil spill in western North Dakota

North Dakota Oil Spill

An equipment failure caused about 163 barrels, or 6,846 gallons, of crude oil to spill Saturday at a well pad in Dunn County, according to a report released by the North Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The spill occurred about 11 miles north of Killdeer at a site owned by Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co. About 150 barrels, or 6,300 gallons, were recovered, but the rest of the oil migrated through a stormwater gate in the berm and contaminated rangeland, the department said.

The spill was caused by a failed wellhead valve.

Health department staff are inspecting the site and will monitor the investigation.

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Source: The Dickinson Press

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