Crews regain control of oil-spewing well near Lake Sakakawea
PARSHALL, N.D. - Crews regained control of an oil well near Parshall about 5 a.m. today after the well stopped flowing, said the state Department of Mineral Resources.
The cleanup process has begun, said Alison Ritter, a spokeswoman for the department. Officials with the Department of Mineral Resources will monitor the cleanup effort and require a follow-up spill report within 10 days after the cleanup is complete, Ritter said.
Initial cleanup efforts are focusing on the field north of the well, the area most heavily affected by mist of oil that sprayed from the well starting Wednesday evening, said Kris Roberts, environmental geologist with the North Department of Health.
Crews also are removing oil from the well pad, Roberts said. The waste will be transported to a special oilfield waste landfill near Sawyer, Roberts said.
Lake Sakakawea, less than a mile south of the well, was not threatened, Roberts said.
A workover rig crew lost control of the well Wednesday evening after equipment malfunctioned, a spokesman for Slawson Exploration said. A specialized crew from Houston flew to North Dakota to regain control of the well.