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Published May 12, 2014, 12:35 PM

Well control incident reported near Tioga

TIOGA, N.D. – State and local officials are responding to a well control incident at an oil and gas well northwest of Tioga, the Department of Mineral Resources said Monday.

By: Amy Dalrymple, INFORUM, Forum News Service

TIOGA, N.D. – State and local officials are responding to a well control incident at an oil and gas well northwest of Tioga, the Department of Mineral Resources said Monday.

Crews reported losing control of the well about 8 p.m. Friday and an unknown amount of oil, gas and water has been released, said Kris Roberts with the North Dakota Department of Health.

The release has been contained to the site, Roberts said.

The Department of Mineral Resources Oil and Gas Division is monitoring the well and said “there are no environmental threats to health and human safety at this time.”

The well, owned by Emerald Oil, is called the Ron Burgundy 3-23-14H well and is eight miles northwest of Tioga, the Department of Mineral Resources said.

Drilling began on Feb. 4, but the current status of the well is unknown because it’s considered a confidential well until Aug. 4, the department said.

Hydraulic fracturing crews were working on the well at the time of the incident, Roberts said.

The closest residence or occupied building to the well is 1,156 feet, according to information submitted to the health department.

Williams County emergency managers and the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services also were notified in addition to the health department.

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