BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Health Department says a well blowout spewed more than 23,000 gallons of oil and 4,600 gallons of briny wastewater in Dunn County.
Environmental scientist Bill Suess says the blowout occurred Saturday morning at a well owned by XTO Energy Inc., about 18 miles southeast of Watford City. Suess says the company reported the spill to health officials on Sunday.
Suess says no one was injured and a state inspector is on site. He says no waterways or drinking water was affected.
Officials say most of the oil and brine had been recovered by Monday.
Suess says the impacted area appears to be about 15 acres, or an area the size of 15 football fields. He says the state is working with the company on a remediation plan.
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