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Out of Control Oil Well Near Watford City

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A well south of Watford city is leaking hundreds of barrels of oil, and the company has not been able to stop it.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the well owned by Whiting Petroleum is leaking about 200 barrels of oil an hour. There was not an explosion, but oil and water blew a plume from the well until the company was able to divert the flow into its nearby storage tanks.

"Off site stuff that's maybe a quarter of a mile away or so from the well site, can start being cleaned up now. But if it is still actively out of control it's going into the tanks, and within that dyke that's obviously very flammable," says Lynn Helms, Department of Mineral Resources.

We spoke with the health department, they say due to the winds, and the nature of the well no cleanup efforts have started. Whiting Petroleum's cleanup crew will be in charge of cleaning up the mess once the well is under control.

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