A leak between a valve and a pipe caused 300 barrels or 12,600 gallons of oil to spill at a well site in McKenzie County, ND.
Oasis Petroleum North America reported the March 18 spill at the well 8 miles north of Watford City and cited a valve leak as the cause, said officials at the state’s Oil and Gas Division.
The spilled oil ended up contained on-site and most had been cleaned up by Wednesday afternoon. A state official inspected the site and is monitoring cleanup.
At the time of reporting, 280 barrels of oil had been recovered, officials said.
This is just another case of oil spills in North Dakota.
In the year ending on May 1, 2017, North Dakota’s oil and gas industry reported 745 involved oil spills which averages out to a spill every 11 hours and 45 minutes, according to the state’s Department of Health.