Proponents of fracking may not want to hear this: An oil well that was fracked in a North Dakota town still leaks fracking fluid, oil and natural gas, ever since the problem was discovered by local authorities.
Denver-based Emerald Oil is the owner of the Ron Burgundy 3-23-14H well, which is located approximately 8 miles to the northwest of Tioga town. The leak was reported last Friday evening, Mike Hallesy, a Williams County emergency official, was quoted by Huffington Post as saying.
According to Hallesy, measurements taken about 10 feet from the well pad indicated that the levels of hydrogen sulfide stood at 20 parts per million. A level of 100 parts per million is considered life-threatening. Hallesy explained that the site’s extraction equipment malfunctioned during the fracking process.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing is a method of oil and natural gas extraction that involves blasting a mixture of chemicals, sand and water into deep underground rocks to open them, releasing trapped oil and natural gas.
Hallesy revealed that attempts had been made to control the spill using berms, and that excess fluids were being transported using trucks to disposal areas. He however couldn’t give the estimate of the leaked fluids.
Boots and Coots, a subsidiary of Halliburton that specializes in well control, has been summoned to control the leak. Two farms situated about a quarter-mile from the wellhead have also been notified of the leak, revealed Hallesy. Nearby roads have also been closed down and a perimeter set around the leak site. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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