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Explosion razes waste disposal facility near Alexander

A fire so massive that it could not be approached by firefighters erupted after an explosion at an oil waste disposal site north of Alexander, North Dakota. According to KXNews, McKenzie County Emergency Manager Karlin Rockvoy said the only thing to do at first was watch the fire burn itself out.

The explosion occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. Emergency responders from both Williston and Alexander established a perimeter around the site to ensure the safety of anyone in the area. Five employees at the facility escaped unharmed, one of whom reported jumping out of the way just in time.

Firefighters were able to get the flames under control by midmorning, though the cause of the explosion is still unknown.

The complex, which undertook the treatment and disposal of oilfield waste, was completely destroyed during the incident. According to the Bismarck Tribune, Rockvoy reported that any damage caused by the explosion was contained by a surrounding embankment.

The waste disposal site was owned by Tervita, a company which specializes in dealing with industrial waste while focusing on environmentally conscious solutions. The facility was operated by Republic Services, which recently acquired Tervita, LLC, a subsidiary of Tervita Corporation. The merger heightened Republic Services’ presence in the oil and gas waste sector.

54 comments

  1. I actually seen it before responders showed up.

  2. Thank the Lord there were no injuries/deaths!

  3. wow hope no one was close by

  4. Was tervita s plant serves them right .

  5. Just because it’s Tervita why does it serve them right Tanner Jackson? A lot of ppl could have been hurt

  6. I was in Alexander and went up to J&M SWD I didn’t see this so do they have a site further north or was I just blind?

  7. Not Buckhorn. It said Tervita

  8. Drove right by it as it was on fire yesterday.

  9. Had a pretty big one in Parshall last week.

  10. How come all of a sudden there r oil train derailments & Hugh fires in the oil fields??? I think there is a lot more to this that isn’t being released to the public. Lots of nuts trying to stop the oil & coal too.

  11. Bryan Godijohn are you in that area??

  12. People taking shortcuts, not following safety procedures and making the industry look bad as a whole

    • I know a lot of people are exremly stressed right now…Its push, push, push…and never forget that 10 min. from now your job could be gone! Moral sucks and people are mentally and physically exhausted!!

  13. Someone messing with the tracks??

  14. Could it be a conspiracy ?

  15. Yes, what’s with all the derailments and fires all of a sudden? THT? Tree Hugger Terrorists?

  16. AS LONG AS MONEY IS TO BE MADE, WE CLOSE OUR COLLECTIVE EYES TO ANY OTHER DAMAGES. THAT PATH LEADS TO OUR OWN DESTRUCTION AND IT’S HAPPENING AT A FASTER RATE THAN ANY EARLIER TIME. OUR TECHNOLOGY HAS GROWN BUT OUR ETHICS HAVE STALLED.

  17. the oil train derailments are no big deal Warren Buffet owns the trains transporting it and he is in bed with Obama why do you think he is vetoing the last portion of the keystone pipeline it will take money away from his bed buddy

  18. George Stark yall were just there

  19. I was on the power station

  20. Is this the location by yhe Lincoln head?

  21. Sounding like sabotage …

  22. Thank you Lord for protecting everyone.

  23. Thankful the employees and firefighters were not injured.

  24. These things are far too horrible to be becoming so common!!

  25. Sounds like some of the good old boys from the Dakota ‘s are trying to run all the oil fields out.

  26. I know a lot of people are exremly stressed right now…Its push, push, push…and never forget that 10 min. from now your job could be gone! Moral sucks and people are mentally and physically exhausted!!

  27. I see black smoke and mushroom clouds almost daily.

  28. I see gas prices rising in the future

  29. beth carpentee

    Do you have a location on this site?

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