Oil well blowout probe continues near WillistonA state health official says it doesn't appear that an oil well blowout south of Williston contaminated water sources.
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A state health official says it doesn't appear that an oil well blowout south of Williston contaminated water sources.
Environmental geologist Kris Roberts tells The Forum newspaper that dozens of acres of crops and pasture land have been affected by the 800 gallons of oil and salt water that sprayed over the area last week.
Roberts says cleanup crews have placed absorbent booms to prevent contamination from spreading into a creek that empties into Lake Sakakawea on the Missouri River. They also are cutting and removing contaminated vegetation. He says there will be little impact to soil.
State officials are investigating the blowout. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a worker who was struck by a pickup truck leaving the site after the incident.