A faulty valve appears to be the culprit behind a 400-barrel oil spill that workers contained at a well site about a mile north of Williston, ND.
North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said the Norwegian energy company Statoil reported the spill last Monday. Officials say the oil ended up contained and recovered at the site.
Statoil Oil & Gas LP reported a failed valve at the M. Macklin 15-22 1H oil well about 1 mile north of the city, causing the oil to spill on Monday.
Officials said a failed valve caused the spill.
In late October, a failed valve at a Statoil-owned fracking well in Mountrail County, ND, spilled 830 barrels of saltwater, but the mess ended quickly cleaned up, officials said. The well was about six miles southwest of Ross, ND.
North Dakota is booming, there is no doubt. However, these cases are a few more in a long string of safety and environment incidents in the North Dakota oil patch.