Sponsored By
An organization or individual has paid for the creation of this work but did not approve or review it.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Saltwater tank explosion causes fire, spills near Alexander, N.D.

ALEXANDER, N.D. - A saltwater tank exploded near here Thursday causing several tanks to catch fire and spill about 2,700 barrels of saltwater and oil, the North Dakota Department of Health said.

Explosion
A tank explosion caused a fire at a saltwater disposal facility near Alexander, N.D., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. An estimated 2,440 barrels of saltwater and 270 barrels of oil spilled at the site. Photo courtesy of McKenzie County Emergency Management

ALEXANDER, N.D. - A saltwater tank exploded near here Thursday causing several tanks to catch fire and spill about 2,700 barrels of saltwater and oil, the North Dakota Department of Health said.

The tank explosion at a disposal well site about 8 miles southwest of Alexander was reported about 12:15 p.m. Thursday, said McKenzie County Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson.

The explosion, which occurred after a truck driver unloaded and was leaving the site, caused a total of 13 tanks to catch fire, Samuelson said. The cause of the explosion is unknown, Samuelson said.

The facility, operated by Mesa Oil Services, had an estimated 2,440 barrels of saltwater and 270 barrels of oil on site at the time of the fire, said the North Dakota Department of Health.

Kris Roberts, with the department's Division of Water Quality, inspected the site Thursday and said the spill was contained on location.

ADVERTISEMENT

The fire was extinguished by about 4:30 p.m., Roberts said. Most of the oil burned in the fire, he said. A significant amount of saltwater remained Thursday with a thin film of oil floating on the water, he said.

An environmental contractor was on site and the liquid was expected to be recovered within hours, Roberts said.

The Alexander Fire Department responded and the truck driver who was on the site when the explosion occurred offered to get more water to extinguish the fire, Samuelson said. While the truck driver was heading back, he suffered a suspected heart attack, Samuelson said.

The man was taken to the hospital in Williston, Samuelson said. The man's name and his condition were not available.

No other injuries were reported, Samuelson said.

Related Topics: NORTH DAKOTA
What To Read Next
Josh Sipes was watching an in-flight movie when he became aware the flight crew were asking for help assisting a woman who was experiencing a medical problem.
Nonprofit hospitals are required to provide free or discounted care, also known as charity care; yet eligibility and application requirements vary across hospitals. Could you qualify? We found out.
Crisis pregnancy centers received almost $3 million in taxpayer funds in 2022. Soon, sharing only medically accurate information could be a prerequisite for funding.
The Grand Forks Blue Zones Project, which hopes to make Grand Forks not just a healthier city but a closer community, is hosting an event on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Empire Arts Center from 3-5 p.m.