Explosion in the Bakken

From the November 7 Bismarck Tribune:
Saltwater disposal explosion

Photo courtesy of JERRY SAMUELSON, McKenzie County Emergency Manager

An explosion on a treater at a saltwater disposal well southwest of Alexander Thursday dumped 2,710 barrels of saltwater and crude on site and destroyed all the storage tanks.

23 hours ago  •  By Lauren Donovan

A noontime explosion at a saltwater disposal well site Thursday near Alexander dumped 2,440 barrels of saltwater and 270 barrels of oil and destroyed 13 storage tanks at a disposal facility owned by Mesa Oil Services.

McKenzie County Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson said the cause of the explosion was not known.

Samuelson said a tanker driver had just unloaded at the disposal site when the treater exploded, setting fire to the adjacent storage tanks. A treater is a piece of equipment that uses heat to separate out oil.

About davidjkatz

The Moses family has lived on the Stillwater River since 1974, when George and Lucile Moses retired and moved to the Beehive from the Twin Cities. They’re gone now, but their four daughters (pictured at left, on the Beehive) and their families continue to spend time there, and have grown to love the area. This blog started as an email chain to keep the family informed about the threat of increased fracking activity in the area, but the desire to inform and get involved led to the creation of this blog.
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