Massive North Dakota Oil Leak Proves Native American Protesters Right For Fighting ILLEGAL DAPL Pipeline – Counter Current News – A North Dakota oil well owned by Oasis Petroleum Inc blew out over the weekend and has yet to be capped, leaking more than 67,000 gallons of crude so far and endangering a tributary of the Missouri River, according to Ernest Scheyder of Reuters. The cause of the blowout remains unknown, though state officials surmise it may have been caused by hydraulic fracturing of a nearby well in a situation referred to in the industry as “communication” between wells. Thick gray smoke rose from the Helling Trust 11-15H well site on Monday afternoon as dozens of tractor-trailers hauled in vacuum trucks and other cleanup equipment. Oasis is trying to cap the well by pumping in a thick mixture of mud and clay, state officials said. The blowout happened at 11 p.m. local time on Saturday. The company worked all weekend to regain control of the well, including flying in staff from its Houston headquarters, but so far efforts have been unsuccessful, according to state and local officials. The well is about 15 miles south of White Earth, North Dakota, in Mountrail County.
Source(s): Second Alabama Rupture Again Highlights Pipeline Danger | News | teleSUR English – The massive explosion sent fire across the forest, where a number of people were evacuated from the area and the fire which burned late into Monday night was eventually brought under control.
Colonial said late on Monday that the explosion happened when the crew conducting work on the pipeline hit the main gasoline line with excavation equipment. Among the nine-person crew working at the site, one was killed and five others were taken to hospitals in the Birmingham area for treatment.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said the explosion was an accident and ruled out any suspicious terrorist activity.