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Baytown, TX lightning strike causes oil tank explosion

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An oil tank in Baytown, Texas has exploded after being struck by lightning, Click2Houston.com reports. The incident occurred at Holloman Oil Corp. shortly after 1:00 P.M. Two tanks holding a combined 1,400 barrels of crude oil were destroyed as well as three tanks of wastewater. No injuries have been reported. Clouds of black smoke ...

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Lightning ignites oil tanks near Watford City, ND

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ Lightning struck an oil well pad on Sunday night, causing three oil tanks on the site to ignite. The fire occurred five miles south of Watford City, ND. No injuries were reported from the incident. The fire was contained after two and a half hours. Secure Energy Services is the operator of the site. Lightning has ...

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Lightning a threat to ND saltwater disposal sites

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By Josh Wood| Associated Press WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame. The lightning-sparked fires ...

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Another brine spill caused by lightning near Alexander, ND

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Lightning struck an oilfield site yesterday around 5 p.m. devastating nine saltwater tanks and two oil tanks. Over 2,000 barrels of post-production brine was released, along with 167 barrels (5177 gallons) of oil. Post-production brine is much more difficult to clean up than oil, due to its almost immediate absorption into the soil. Spills ...

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Lightning strike, explosion cause release of saltwater

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By Forum News Service WILLISTON — A lightning strike early Sunday caused an explosion, fire and release from a saltwater disposal site about 12 miles northwest of Williston, the North Dakota Department of Health wrote in a statement Tuesday. The incident destroyed the site, which is owned by Oasis Petroleum, the department said. About 1,200 barrels, or 50,400 gallons, of saltwater, ...

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Unlocked secret of why lightning strikes: Scientists reveal high energy particles pumped out from the sun act as ‘pathway’ for bolts to hit the ground

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By Ben Spencer | The Daily Mail, London It is said that lightning never strikes twice. But scientists have long been puzzled as to how lightning even strikes at all. The laws of physics mean it should require a huge electrical current – much bigger than that in a storm cloud – for a lightning bolt to reach the earth. Now ...

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