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Smoke rises Monday from an Oasis Petroleum oil well that experienced a blow out and has yet to be capped near White Earth, N.D. REUTERS/Ernest Scheyder

Oasis Petroleum works to plug out-of-control North Dakota well

WILLISTON, N.D. – Oasis Petroleum Inc resumed efforts on Tuesday to plug an out-of-control North Dakota well that has leaked oil, saltwater and natural gas since a blowout last weekend, hoping to have it plugged by this afternoon, a spokesman said.

More than 67,000 gallons of oil have leaked from the well so far. Law enforcement and federal regulators have closed several roads around the site due to concerns about the effects of leaking gas.

Pumps again began injecting mud and clay into the well, located near a tributary of the Missouri River, at about 8 a.m. local time (1300 GMT). Crews had halted operations overnight out of safety concerns.

The well is located about 15 miles south of White Earth, in Mountrail County, one of the more prolific oil-producing regions in North Dakota.

The Houston-based company was first notified that the well had blown out late on Saturday night when a driver passing by the site heard a loud noise and called the company’s public emergency response phone line.

Shares of Oasis were up 3.6 percent on Tuesday after earlier rising more than 6 percent in line with the broader markets and a jump in crude oil prices.

In related news, Well blowout spills oil and brine in Mountrail County.

(Reporting by Ernest Scheyder, editing by G Crosse)

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  1. Looks likes comments are being screen

  2. Anyone remember the EPA toxic mine spill a few months back?

  3. –So how much of the 67,000 gals is actrually oil- ?

  4. Don’t forget to take their Safety Bonus

  5. It will get to the bay ; I was in the oil business 2o years – there is NO one better than them at Underestimating a spill – guess that why our legislators reduced the production tax – i am not anti oil – they fead my family for years -and still are ..just would like to see good work done – if it’s the wellhead leaking – some one messed up –

  6. Since when are gallons used in the oilfield for anything? Guess that barrel count wouldn’t seem as bad huh. 1,595 isn’t as severe as 67,000

  7. It hasn’t even been 10 days since the last major spill. What kind of derelict morons work out there?

  8. Fuking Patterson!! LOL….

  9. Call in the pro’s. Call Youngquist Bros..

  10. All of the fluid was contained inside the Dyke.